One of the UK’s largest housebuilders has boosted its apprentice numbers for 2015, taking on 80 trade apprentices – a 60 percent increase on last year – in a bid to reduce the skills gap.
Redrow Homes now has more than 100 bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, electrical and plumbing apprentices, plus 28 office based business administration, commercial and technical apprentices.
Ranked in The City & Guilds top 100 apprentice employers in England, as well as the 2014 Building Good Employer Guide, both for the second consecutive year, Redrow has one of the industry’s best records for training and developing its staff. 15 percent of its workforce have official trainee status and the company also nurtures young talent through under-graduate work placements, post-graduate training and other vocational training.
Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow Homes, said:
“Back in March we made a commitment to take on another 50 trade apprentices but, due to a high demand for positions and the changing needs of the business, we have increased that figure to 80. We had over 400 applications in total for apprenticeships this year, which shows the appetite of young people to join our diverse sector. It’s our job to ensure we give them the training and support they need to stay in the industry and ensure we overcome the current skills shortage and create a sustainable future.”
With trade apprenticeship schemes across its building sites, Redrow also runs apprentice programmes for administration, design and technical and commercial roles at its divisional headquarters and many former apprentices have progressed through the company ranks to managerial roles.