Redrow shines spotlight on apprentices

HOUSE builder Redrow Homes is recognising the vital contribution that apprentices make to the business by awarding its most talented trainees an ‘Apprentice of the Year’ accolade.

The developer has awarded the title of ‘Apprentice of the Year’ to 12 talented individuals who impressed judges with their performance in the last year. A further nine apprentices were highly commended.

Each year, Redrow recognises the success and hard work of its apprentices with the Apprentice of the Year award. Nominated by colleagues in the business and their NVQ coordinators, winners are then selected based on progress with their qualifications, how they have overcome and worked through adversity and challenges as well as evidence of how they have ‘gone the extra mile’.

Working for a FTSE 250 company, Redrow’s trainees work in a face paced, dynamic environment and have plenty of opportunities for career development. The business offers a wide range of apprenticeships, including in the trades of carpentry, plumbing, electrical and bricklaying, as well as office-based apprentices in a variety of administration, technical and commercial roles.

Jemma Lewis, 20, from Buckley, North Wales, was named Redrow Group’s Apprentice of the Year.

Jemma, who has now completed her apprenticeship and was recently promoted to HR Assistant at Redrow’s headquarters in Ewloe, North Wales, said: “It was a real surprise to win an Apprentice of the Year award and I’m delighted. I live near a Redrow development and joined the business two years ago unsure about what I wanted to do. After a short work experience placement, I was offered an apprenticeship role within the HR team and I quickly realised this is the route I wanted to take my career in.

“My learning hasn’t stopped with the end of my apprenticeship though, I’m enrolled to start CIPD training in September. I want to keep learning and gaining more knowledge of the HR profession and continue my career with Redrow.”

Jemma has also been awarded Work-Based Learner of the Year in Business Administration by Coleg Cambria and has been nominated for the National Training Federation Wales Apprenticeships Awards 2016 which will take place in Cardiff later this year.

David Jones OBE, Chief Executive of Coleg Cambria, said: “Many congratulations to Jemma for winning two prestigious awards both at Cambria and at Redrow – they really highlight her dedication and commitment to her work and studies.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Redrow on providing courses that combine classroom learning with onsite experience – perfect for those, just like Jemma, who want to build their skills while training on the job.

“At Coleg Cambria we are committed to work with employers to provide opportunities for young people as well as challenging them to develop the expertise they need to build successful futures.”

Karen Jones, HR Director for Redrow, said: “It is a pleasure to be able to recognise the achievements of those apprentices taking great strides in developing their career with us.

“Apprentices are vital to ensuring a skilled workforce for the future and as one of the top 100 apprentice employers in England, we are fully committed to investing in their learning and development.”

One of the UK’s leading house builders, Redrow constructs around 4,000 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales.  The company directly employs around 1,950 people and provides employment for thousands of sub-contractors on its new homes developments.

A full list of Redrow’s apprentice of the year winners:

  • Redrow Group: Jemma Lewis
  • Redrow Homes (Yorkshire): Harry Regan
  • Redrow Homes (Midlands): Robbie Bromley
  • Redrow Homes (South Midlands): Connor Charles
  • Redrow Homes (South Wales): Daniel Kai Rees
  • Redrow Homes (South West): Kieron Cox
  • Redrow Homes (Lancashire): Ben Finch
  • Redrow Homes (London): Ed Geary
  • Redrow Homes (North West): Jake Jarvis
  • Redrow Homes (West Country): Ryan Evans
  • Redrow Homes (South East): Mark Scott
  • Redrow Homes (Southern Counties): Damien Cooper

Nine further apprentices were highly commended. They are Eleanor Collins (Midlands), Elizabeth Gibbs (South Midlands), Jordan Tingle (South Wales), James Hall and Joe Joyce (Lancashire); Sam Wainwright and Kieran Robertson (North West), Mitchell Matthews (West Country) and Shane Clarke (South East).

For more information on Redrow careers, see the website

Picture: l to r – Martin Gilpin, HR Manager; David Jones OBE, Chief Executive (Coleg Cambria); Jemma Lewis, HR Assistant; Karen Jones, Group Human Resource Director