Redrow are continuing their support of a new generation of skilled workers in the construction industry by recently agreeing a sponsorship deal with the basketball team for the West Midlands Construction UTC (University Technical College). The basketball team is the first team to be set up as part of the new school, and Redrow will provide their team kit. The FTSE 250 and top five UK housebuilder has previously committed to encouraging new talent in the area by becoming a patron of the UTC.
The college, which opened in 2015, is one of many UTCs being set up across the country, with the aim of promoting an integrated technical, practical and academic learning environment for aspiring skilled workers. Alongside offering GCSEs and A Levels, WMCUTC offers bespoke technical qualifications in construction and IT. With a curriculum steered by construction trade bodies and local employers, students are able to gain a set of skills that are best fit to support the construction industry, something that is critical amid fears that not enough young people are meeting the skills needed for UK employers.
Redrow are playing a key role in supporting West Midlands Construction UTC by providing students with practical work experience at Redrow offices or on-site, as well as providing each student with a Redrow employee to mentor them, and help steer their career in the construction industry. As part of the sponsorship agreement, students of the UTC prepared a presentation to the employer group for why they should be sponsored, as well as their strategy for the basketball team for the next twelve months.
Tom Macdonald, Principle at West Midlands Construction UTC, said: “The support provided from organisations such as Redrow is critical to the success of UTCs. By helping to bring the skills that the students learn in the class room into real life context through practical work experience and employer set curriculum projects, Redrow is improving the employability of our graduating classes. Against a backdrop of an ongoing and growing skills crisis, this type of support from local alliances becomes ever more crucial to help meet the needs of the country and enable Britain to compete on an international level”
Karen Jones, HR director at Redrow, said: “At Redrow we are committed to investing in the next generation of skilled workers, to help grow the UK’s qualified workforce that builds a stronger economy. As well as offering our own training and apprenticeship opportunities, it is important that we collaborate to help build up local workforces, to help best meet the needs of the UK economy.
“Academies such as West Midlands Construction UTC will play a critical role in the future of the construction industry, and is fantastic to be part of such as worthwhile organisation.”
For more information, please go to http://www.westmidlandsconstructionutc.co.uk/
Image: Tom Macdonald (WMCUTC) and Clare Horton (Redrow) with the college basketball team