Top 10 UK housebuilder Redrow has once again been recognised for its commitment to offering young people high quality apprenticeship schemes, as they have been named as one of the UK’s top 100 apprenticeship employers for the fourth consecutive year.
The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in its 13th year, celebrate both exceptional apprenticeship employers and apprentices that have made a significant contribution to their workplace. Winners of this year’s awards, sponsored by Centrica Plc, were announced at a ceremony held at London’s Grosvenor House on the 20th January 2017, following a selection process from more than 1,000 businesses from across the UK.
Redrow is serious about nurturing young talent. At any one time, Redrow has upwards of 250 apprentices learning one of the key housing trades, whether it be on-site or in one of the company’s offices across the country. Redrow’s apprentices work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, and are given every opportunity they need to fulfil their potential in all aspirations.
Karen Jones, HR Director at Redrow, commented “At Redrow we strongly believe in developing young talent, so it is fantastic to see that we have been recognised as one of the UK’s top apprenticeship employers for the fourth year running.
“We are extremely proud of our excellent track record in training and developing our staff. It is this commitment which leads to a number of our director appointments coming through internal promotions, many of whom started as apprentices and have risen through the ranks.
“Not only does offering apprenticeships bring an eager young cohort of staff to our workplace, but it is also helps to battle the ongoing skills crisis that the UK construction industry is currently facing.”
Sue Husband, Director, National Apprenticeship Service, commented “The National Apprenticeship Awards have highlighted once again the magnificent range of apprenticeships on offer – with leading employers in exciting industries – and the skills that apprentices gain when taking on these roles.
“Every year this event gets bigger and better, bringing to the forefront of our minds the importance of apprenticeships to local, regional and national economies. Apprenticeships are for everyone and I personally thank each and every employer and apprentice here tonight, for their commitment to apprenticeships.”
Robert Halfon, Skills and Apprenticeships Minister, said “Apprenticeships work. They give people of all ages and all backgrounds the ladder of opportunity to get paid experience in work and a top class qualification at the same time.
“The National Apprenticeship Awards ensure apprenticeships get the prestige they deserve, while shining a light on the fantastic work that both apprentices and their employers do. Congratulations to all the winners – they are champions showcasing how apprenticeships to give everyone the chance to get on.”