Steve Morgan, Redrow Homes

Steve Morgan, Redrow Homes

Building a better future

Apprenticeships provide skills that will last a lifetime, says Redrow’s multi-millionaire founder Steve Morgan

Young people are the lifeblood of our industry and apprenticeships are essential to give them the opportunity to build their skills and experience. Construction can offer a varied and dynamic career path, and I was drawn to it from an early age. It’s satisfying to now be able to give other young people the chance to forge a successful career at Redrow through our wide-ranging apprenticeships.

We took on around 80 trade apprentices in 2015 and now have more than 140 bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, and plumbing apprentices working for us, plus 30 office-based business administration, commercial and technical apprentices.

With the industry facing a skills shortage it’s vital that we invest in young people to ensure a skilled workforce and prosperous future for the industry. Not only that, but apprentices bring fresh ideas, energy and enthusiasm to a company, and increase business productivity.

Many former apprentices and trainees have gone on to work at Redrow as managers and directors. A joinery apprentice who joined us in 1976, just two years after Redrow was formed, went on to become construction director for our Lancashire division in 2001, and there are many other examples of trainees who have achieved similar success.

For young people contemplating their future, an apprenticeship provides skills that will last a lifetime and can lead to a diverse and highly successful career. At Redrow we truly value the input of our apprentices, and I’m often inspired by their dedication and work ethic.

Steve Morgan, founder and chairman of national housebuilder Redrow Homes, is a strong advocate of apprenticeships.
Having discovered his entrepreneurial spirit at an early age, Steve established Redrow aged 21 after gaining on-the-job experience as a site labourer with his father’s civil engineering company, followed by an OND course in construction at Liverpool Polytechnic.
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