Award finalist laying a solid foundation for house builders of the future
Founded in North Wales more than 40 years ago by Steve Morgan, Flintshire-based Redrow has built a solid reputation as a prestige housebuilder, completing more than 5,400 distinctive and high quality homes across England and Wales in the 2016/17 financial year.
As the largest Wales-based housebuilder, Redrow has always had a commitment to nurturing talent and recognises the value of apprenticeships in supporting a sustainable and skilled workforce within the construction sector.
Now the company has been shortlisted for this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru. Redrow will be competing to become Large Employer of the Year at the prestigious awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on October 20.
Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the coveted awards are sponsored by Pearson PLC and supported by media partner, Media Wales.
Thirty star learners, employers and learning providers involved in the delivery of successful skills programmes across Wales have been shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.
The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
The awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of learners, employers, tutors and assessors who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships and Apprenticeship programmes.
In its impressive drive to nurture young talent and provide the skills and people that the housing industry requires to thrive, Redrow will employ a further 80 apprentices by the end of 2017, adding to an existing cohort of 204 who are already at varying stages of their training and development.
With the launch of its dedicated apprenticeships programme in 2009, Redrow apprentices can now train in 14 different specialisms, from architectural design to domestic plumbing and heating.
The company has an established New Entrants Team to help and support apprentices based at Redrow’s divisional companies across England and Wales, and works with training providers JTL Training and Coleg Cambria to deliver its programme.
Joshua Golding, New Entrants Programmes co-ordinator, said: “We ensure that the apprentices all have access to good quality mentors and support from our occupational health advisors.”
The high number of apprentices who stay with Redrow once they have qualified is a firm indicator of the success of its programmes and the clear career progression paths on offer. Many have gone on to management roles.
Praising the standard of applicants this year and congratulating Redrow on being shortlisted for an award, Skills and Science Minister, Julie James said: “This year’s shortlisted entrants include exceptional individuals who have excelled in their workplace and learning providers and employers that have gone the extra mile to support the apprentices they are working with. Their stories never cease to amaze and inspire.
“Apprenticeships and vocational skills training are essential ingredients of economic success and vital tools in building a stronger, fairer and more equal Wales.
“These awards provide a perfect platform to celebrate success and reward the hard work and dedication of learners, employers and training providers across Wales. I wish everyone the very best of luck for the night.”