A developer based in Wales is helping to improve the housing shortage by investing heavily in the next generation of workers.
Redrow Homes, one of the UK’s leading Residential and commercial builders, has already taken on 23 university leavers this year, and will welcome a further eight new sales graduates in October onto its training programme.
The scheme gives successful applicants the opportunity to work across a number of departments – including its land acquisition, planning, commercial, sales and construction operations. One graduate who made the leap from trainee to manager is Philippa Attwood, based at Redrow’s West Country division in Exeter.
She said: “What really appealed to me about the Redrow graduate programme was the fact that it offered me a chance to work across a number of different roles and that it allowed me to get stuck in.
“I wasn’t just shadowing, I was going out and working as a sales consultant or an assistant site manager, and actually seeing how the role was done. The experience I gained was invaluable and I could not recommend the programme highly enough to young people interested in the housing industry.”
The company has its own purpose-built national training centre in Staffordshire. Last year it launched a new programme last year for those interested in HR, finance and IT roles.
A proven springboard for a long-term career in the housing industry, Redrow’s various graduate schemes have seen the company take on 71 graduate trainees over the last five years. Testament to its success, 32 of the 40 graduates that joined in previous years are still working within the business, having achieved promotions upon completion of the programme.
The developer directly employs around 1,650 people and provides employment for thousands of sub-contractors on its housing sites. Annually Redrow builds more than 4,000 new homes across England and Wales.