UK housebuilder Redrow continues to invest in its staff and develop their management potential.
April and May saw the launch of two new intakes for the company’s own Management Development Programme. These are the eighth and ninth groups to undergo the programme, bringing the current number of participants to 55 with another 42 employees already having successfully completed.
Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow, says: “This initiative hand picks employees earmarked as future managers or currently in a managerial role and helps them to develop the skills they need to effectively and professionally manage others and to deliver the best possible results.”
The programme takes around six months to achieve the formal qualification; a level 3 award in first line management with the Institute of Leadership and Management and is delivered via six one-day workshops at Redrow’s dedicated training centre in Tamworth, Staffs.
Topics covered include leadership, teamwork, communication, managing change, solving problems and delivering results, with candidates required to complete three assignments in their own time.
“Noticeable changes in employees who’ve taken part include sharper focus, improved confidence, greater strategic thinking and a more proactive approach. By becoming better managers, they can lead and inspire others within the business,” Karen adds.
John Daglish, commercial manager at Redrow Homes NW based in Flintshire is among those to have achieved the qualification. He comments: “The course gave me a new set of tools to improve both my own performance and that of my team. It gave me ways of gaining a better understanding of my team and how to motivate them, as well as teaching me the benefits of reflection, how to prioritise, how to become a more effective manager and to maintain focus on the critical areas of my job.
“Further it was conducted in a very engaging and relevant way. With a broad cross section of people from different disciplines in attendance there was never a shortage of experience, which often resulted in very practical solutions being presented.”
Redrow is known within the industry for the quality of its training and has previously won awards, including a position in Building magazine’s 2011 Good Employer Guide. Judges described career progression as one of Redrow’s “standout benefits”.
The company’s training centre in Tamworth is centrally located to serve Redrow’s housing divisions across England and Wales and around 2,500 training days are delivered each year. Redrow also has one of the housing industry’s best records for recruitment of apprentices, graduates and other young trainees.
For more information on working for Redrow visit https://www.redrowcareers.co.uk/