AN OUTDOOR team building day has given Redrow’s recently recruited trainees an insight into the skills needed in their new roles.
Four new recruits worked alongside five of Redrow’s more experienced graduate trainees to undertake a variety of problem-solving tasks at Whitemore Lakes, Staffordshire. Activities included raft building and a challenge course, designed to test the participants’ communication and leadership skills.
Richard Beadsmoore, Redrow’s group training and development manager, said: “The activity day was the perfect way to welcome some of our new recruits into the ranks! It gave them an opportunity to get to know some of our more experienced graduate trainees and share their knowledge, while providing an insight into the type of skills they will need to develop to be successful within the industry.”
Redrow’s undergraduate placement scheme and graduate training programme bring a fresh influx of university students and leavers into the company’s ranks every year. Both have proved to be the perfect spring board for a long-term career as many previous participants have gone on to secure full-time positions with Redrow.
Richard added: “These training schemes offer a select number of talented individuals the opportunity to experience many different aspects of the business. In the last few years, the schemes have been hugely beneficial for Redrow as we have been able to identify individuals with the strengths and desire to succeed within the company. It’s fantastic that a number of last year’s participants have been promoted. We very much hope all of this year’s trainees can go on to forge a successful career with Redrow.”
Graduates enter a high intensity training programme, which offers participants the chance to take on responsibility at an early stage, with the intention of developing them into future company leaders. The graduates complete a15-month programme, starting in September and spend time working in key departments on rotation.
The undergraduate placement programme has also proved very successful in recent years with half a dozen former participants returning to Redrow in full-time roles. The programme is 12-months long and is usually undertaken by university students in the third year of their degree course and provides ‘on the job’ experience.
Redrow builds around 3,000 new homes annually across England and Wales, with an emphasis on traditional, detached family housing from its New Heritage Collection. The company directly employs around 1,000 people and provides employment for thousands of sub-contractors on its housing sites. With its own purpose-built national training centre in Tamworth, Staffs, and more than 2,300 training days delivered to staff in the last year, the UK housebuilder has one of the best training records in the industry.
For more information on Redrow training schemes visit redrow.bblabs.co.uk/trainees