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Graduates on fast track to careers in construction management

TWENTY talented graduates have begun a brand new programme in construction management with national FTSE 250 housebuilder Redrow Homes.

The intensive two-year introduction to Redrow’s building process on this site-based scheme will hopefully prove to be a fast track into management for the new recruits.

The course is designed to give university graduates with a construction-related degree the hands on experience, skills and understanding they need to eventually manage complex residential development projects.

Participants will have the opportunity to be mentored by construction directors and work alongside site managers to oversee the work of subcontractors and trade persons on site. They’ll be trained to direct the construction process including ensuring that the highest levels of quality and health and safety practices are achieved.

They can also access a range of formal training and in-house courses to continue their development and will be supported to gain Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) membership.

Isabel Guest, 22, from Liverpool, has just started the programme after graduating from Liverpool John Moores. She said: “I’d initially undertaken a HND in Real Estate Management as I knew I wanted to work in property but as I progressed with the qualification I quickly realised my heart was in site-based work and so I moved on to a degree in Construction Management.

“I first learnt about Redrow at a careers fair. I didn’t want an office job as I like the buzz of being on site and seeing a project progress, so Redrow’s graduate scheme seemed perfect for me. I’m really enjoying it so far. No two days are the same and the time just flies by.”

Fellow graduate trainee Sean McFadden, 31, from London, is based at Redrow’s largest development in the UK, Colindale Gardens.

Originally from Taunton, in Somerset, Sean previously worked as a bricklayer for 10 years before undertaking an MA in Built Environment Studies at the University of West of England. He said: “I’ve always been keen to advance my professional development and Redrow’s graduate scheme will give me the opportunity to gain new skills and experience.

“With Redrow there is endless potential to learn and progress. I’m also really interested in getting more involved in the sustainability side of things and learning about different build processes.”

Karen Jones, Group HR director for Redrow Homes, said: “We’re opening the door for graduates who want to fast track their careers in construction management. It gives us the opportunity to select the most promising candidates and tailor their learning towards how to manage the creation of complex residential developments.

“Graduates have the scope to undertake a variety of in-house training courses and advance their professional development as they work towards CIOB membership. The sky is really the limit for how far they can advance their careers with us.”

Annually Redrow builds more than 4,700 new homes across England and Wales.

15% of its more than 2,000 employees now have trainee status and Redrow also offers opportunities for apprentices and under-graduate work placements.

To read more about the graduate schemes on offer visit www.redrowcareers.co.uk/graduates.

Picture: The talented graduates who have begun a brand new programme in construction management with Redrow.