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A third of Redrow’s promotions are trainees rising through the ranks

ONE in three Redrow employees promoted at the start of the company’s new financial year were elevated from trainee positions.

The award-winning housebuilder offers an extensive array of training schemes right across the business, that act as a spring board for a successful career in the fast-paced and dynamic house building and construction sector.

The careers on offer are hugely diverse and include traditional trade apprenticeships, a trainee site assistant programme and a construction management graduate scheme. There are also professional apprenticeships in commercial and technical roles available, as well as opportunities for undergraduates to gain experience through work placements and graduate schemes for university leavers.

This year, 35 of the 107 promotions Redrow announced were trainees moving into more senior roles. A further 11 employees who took a step up to a higher grade were former trainees.

15% of its 2,000 employees are currently trainees and it is a testament to the company’s fantastic record of training and developing staff that it is able to offer so many opportunities to advance internally.

Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow Homes, said: “We’re extremely proud of our record of promoting from within and endeavour to offer those who enter the business through one of our training schemes a real opportunity for progression. We’re a rapidly growing company and also facing the additional challenge of a skills shortage within the industry, which makes attracting young people to our sector all the more important.

“We understand that by offering outstanding training opportunities in a broad range of fields, we are safeguarding a bright future for the construction and particularly the house building sector.”

Matthew Gould joined Redrow two years ago on the company’s rotational graduate scheme, which gives university leavers the opportunity to work in six key disciplines within the company – land, technical, commercial, construction, sales and customer services.

This year the 23-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent, who graduated with a degree in business management and marketing from Keele University, was taken on permanently as a sales management trainee, a further step on the career ladder Matthew one day hopes will lead to a senior position within Redrow’s North West sales team.

He said: “When I finished university it just seemed like there were so many different options. Redrow’s rotational scheme offers graduates a fantastic insight into different areas of the business before they are given the opportunity to specialise in one or two areas. I kept an open mind throughout the programme but eventually chose sales as I’d really enjoyed my time within the department.  I’ve been given responsibility at an early stage and the opportunities are there if you work hard and want to take them.”

Former undergraduate student Georgina Hallam, 25, from Mansfield, took up a 12-month work placement with Redrow during her third year of study for a degree in Architectural Technology at Nottingham Trent University. After her year was complete, Redrow offered her the option of staying on as an assistant designer while completing her degree part-time. She completed it successfully, graduating in July last year.

Georgina Hallam 2

 

“My work placement with Redrow actually opened the door to the career I have now. I was offered a permanent role at the end of the year and the opportunity to complete my degree part-time with the security of knowing I was already employed. I’ve just been promoted to the role of designer a year after graduating and I’m really grateful to Redrow for the opportunities it has provided. There is always support available and it’s good to know Redrow wants me to progress.”

Georgina Hallam, Former Undergraduate Trainee

 

 

 

Key Redrow stats:

  • Employees received 156,375 training hours in the 12 months from September 2014 to September 2015, a 30% increase on the previous year
  • Redrow employs over 250 apprentices in disciplines such as commercial, technical, administration, site management and traditional trades
  • A record 100 trade apprentices are being taken on this year, and its range of schemes has increased to offer roles in dry-lining and ceramic tiling, in addition to carpentry, plumbing, electrics and bricklaying.
  • A further 36 apprentices will be taken on in other disciplines.
  • 37% of trainee site managers have come from trade apprenticeships.
  • Of the 24 Redrow site managers who received NHBC ‘Pride in the Job’ Quality awards this year, 70% were a product of the company’s trainee programmes.
  • Over the last year 94% of the commercial and technical apprentices will go on to complete a HNC / degree qualification
  • 85% of trade apprentices that completed their studies achieved a Level 3 qualification
  • 86% of office apprentices were retained into full time roles and achieved a Level 2 qualification

For the third year running Redrow has been recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer by the National Apprenticeship Service and is a member of the 5% Club.

For more information on training opportunities visit www.redrowcareers.co.uk.

Images: Former trainees Matthew Gould and Georgina Hallam.