Housebuilder trains prospective site managers on NHBC-backed course

National housebuilder Redrow is helping to develop a new group of prospective site managers by running a trainee site assistant scheme backed by National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Following the success of the first two groups, the firm has taken on another 10 recruits, who now train ‘on the job’ will while working towards formal qualifications in partnership with NHBC and South Staffordshire College.

Participants work towards a BTEC Level 3 in Construction & the Built Environment, developed by South Staffordshire College, and a NVQ Level 3 in Contracting, developed alongside NHBC, each delivered in-house by Redrow.

A range of candidates have been promoted onto the course including apprentices, labourers and forklift drivers.

Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow Homes, said:

“We’re really pleased with how our first two groups of recruits onto the course are progressing and it’s fantastic to be able to take on a third group of trainees. We’re giving participants the skills and knowledge required to manage our building sites in the future, while they are also gaining professional qualifications.

“It’s vital that we continue to develop employees through tailor-made training programmes such as this to ensure a skilled workforce for years to come.”

According to the firm, trainees make up around 15% of Redrow’s direct employees and the company is looking to maintain that as its workforce grows.

The company also offers trade apprenticeships across its building sites in England and Wales, office-based apprentice programmes for business administration, design and technical and commercial roles, under-graduate work placements, post-graduate training and other vocational training.