University rapprochement will boost student skills and employment

A NEW partnership between Redrow and Nottingham Trent University will put students first for industry placements and future jobs.

It will also create opportunities for special lectures, site visits and financial support.

As part of a three-year agreement with the university’s School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment, Redrow has engaged in a range of opportunities, including:

  • Special scholarships to help disadvantaged students gain unpaid work experience and to help defray the costs of the job interview process.
  • Site visits and access to materials and resources
  • Provision of guest speakers and inspirational speakers on topics such as construction, master planning and health and safety.
  • The chance for students to gain first-hand exposure and valuable experience on live projects.
  • Ongoing projects as part of the university‘s BSc (Hons) Construction Management degree, including access to Redrow materials and real-world challenges.
  • Two guaranteed graduate internships with the homebuilder per year.
  • Priority access to job postings for Redrow graduates and industrial sandwich placement opportunities for third-year students.
  • Various awards sponsored by Redrow will be presented at the annual award ceremonies

Announcing the partnership, Redrow’s Director of Human Resources, Karen Jones, said: “Redrow and Nottingham Trent University share a culture of excellence combined with a strong commitment to social mobility. The finalization of this agreement was therefore a real pleasure.

“Our group’s chief executive, Matthew Pratt, studied at Nottingham Trent University, so the partnership also cements a long-standing relationship. It will bring very real and lasting benefits to students, enriching their education and providing excellent opportunities for social and economic advancement early in their careers.

Redrow has been creating high quality homes and thriving communities across England and Wales for almost 50 years and is particularly proud of its reputation for inspiring the next generation to build. About 15% of its current workforce are interns, including those taking various graduate programs, undergraduate internships, apprenticeships, and other professional training courses.

The addition of Nottingham Trent University to its list of illustrious university partners is a natural progression for Redrow. With 3,000 students within the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, the Nottingham-based university has a global reputation for excellence and is an industry-accredited learning provider. Research shows that 90% of NTU Architecture, Construction and Planning graduates entering the workforce are in high-skilled positions within 15 months of graduation.

Indeed, many of these former students are already employed by Redrow, including George Brown, Technical Coordinator in London. George completed a construction management degree at NTU, including a work-study year spent in the home builder’s technical department. He joined Redrow after graduating in July 2021 and is still there three years later.

“I was very lucky to experience these two organizations. Nottingham Trent is a great university, it offers practical courses which matched my skills, we were supported from start to finish and had the opportunity to gain a lot of industry experience alongside our studies.

“The internship year with Redrow London gave me valuable real-world experience, which helped me complete my degree and a wealth of contacts, which ultimately helped me complete my dissertation. Now, in my Full time role of Redrow, I work on a wide range of different projects, I’ve seen all aspects of construction and I’m still learning new things every day.

“I am very happy to hear about this new partnership. This will give NTU students a head start in a very challenging and competitive environment.

Another construction management graduate from Nottingham Trent is Obi Ebizie, now assistant site manager at Redrow Lancashire after successfully completing the homebuilder’s higher education program in 2021.

Obi welcomed the news saying, “This partnership will be great for both parties. Redrow’s support for all of its employees, graduates, and placements is unmatched, so students will be exposed to a wide range of skills, knowledge, experience, and support. At the same time, the university’s reputation for quality teaching and a technical bias means that Redrow will be the first choice for some exceptional talent.

Andrew Knight, Executive Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Working with industry is essential to the health of our courses and the postgraduate opportunities available. I’m thrilled that Redrow is partnering with us to create a talent pipeline for their forward-thinking organization.

Nottingham Trent University was the first higher education institution to sign the Social Mobility Pledge and was recently honored with the ‘Outstanding Student Support’ award at the Times Higher Education Awards.

The new partnership between Redrow and Nottingham Trent University will begin at the start of the 2022/23 academic year.

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