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Redrow Homes West Country celebrates National Apprentice of the Year award
A Devon born and bred aspiring painter and decorator with huge ambitions has been named as Redrow’s National Apprentice of the Year. Courtney Baker-Edwards from the West Country division was presented with the award at Redrow’s annual Apprenticeship Awards. Redrow prides itself on valuing and developing its employees. The housebuilder has been listed as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for five consecutive years and was awarded Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Apprentice Employee of the Year.
Courtney joined Redrow two years ago on a painting and decorating apprenticeship, one of the UK’s most in-demand construction trades. She has just completed her Level 3 NVQ. She began studying for a diploma in painting and decorating at college when she was 16 but when she started looking for jobs she found that almost everything she wanted to do required experience.
At a college careers fair Courtney had a conversation with a Redrow member of staff about the benefits of an apprenticeship and she then started looking into different opportunities available in her local area. Courtney said: “When we left college many of my friends went into retail or food industry-based jobs, which in my opinion do not provide any opportunity for growth. I knew it was important to go into a job which would lead to a career.
“My apprenticeship allows me to learn a trade which requires a high level of accuracy and quality, whilst earning a salary. As a Redrow apprentice I also get to travel to schools across the country to help young people to better understand the benefits of studying for an apprenticeship, and to do my part to encourage more young women like myself into a career in construction.
“A real highlight of my apprenticeship so far has been being placed in the top three in my category at CITB’s SkillBuild, the UK’s largest multi-trade competition.”
After her apprenticeship, Courtney hopes to progress into building site management and eventually to own her own painting and decorating company.
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Government’s Help To Buy Scheme helps Barratt announce record profits
The UK’s largest housebuilder, Barratt Developments set new medium-term targets to increase housebuilding still further from the 17,579 units built in 2017-18, the second-highest figure in its history. Pre-tax profit was up 9.2 per cent from a year earlier, partly because of an increase in gross margin to 20.7 per cent from 20 per cent a year earlier. Revenues rose 4.8 per cent to £4.9bn.
More than 40 per cent of the company’s sales were aided by the government’s Help to Buy scheme, a scheme providing state-backed equity loans that let people buy a newly built property with a deposit of as little as 5 per cent.
The scheme has proved popular since its launch 5 years ago, and home-building companies are currently pushing ministers to say whether it will continue beyond 2021. “There is good consumer demand and strong mortgage availability, combined with Help to Buy . . . the new build market is growing strongly and we’re in a positive place as an industry,” said David Thomas, Barratt’s chief executive. “If [ministers] want to continue to increase housebuilding, one would assume they would see Help to Buy as a good way to achieve that . . . it would be helpful if they could reach a decision on Help to Buy as soon as possible.” Barratt said its rates of housebuilding would grow by 3 to 5 per cent a year in the medium term and that its current order book was up 11.1 per cent from last year, at £3.1bn.
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Taylor Wimpey sponsor ElmsFest for the second year running
The annually held Elmswell festival, ElmsFest, has once again been supported by Taylor Wimpey’s East Anglia regional team with a donation of £500. Held on 2nd September at The Blackbourne in Elmswell, the festival boasted a wide range of attractions that the whole family could enjoy, including live music from a variety of artists, a Spitfire flyover, falconry displays and the ‘Little Nippers Dog Racing’. Organised by members of Elmswell Parish Council and supported by the local community, the event also hosted a wide range of craft stalls as well as plenty of choice for food and drink throughout the day.
Chris Wiley, Event Organiser, said: “This year’s festival was the best yet. We all had a great day and everyone involved in the planning is so proud of how well it turned out. We were so lucky with the weather and that only made the day better. We set such a high standard for ourselves and the festival is only made possible through the support of local businesses such as Taylor Wimpey East Anglia. On behalf of the organisers, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Taylor Wimpey for their continued support.”
Caroline Carter, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, said: “We are so proud to be part of ElmsFest for the second year in a row. Here at Taylor Wimpey we really pride ourselves on the work we do within the communities where we build our houses and it’s fantastic to see the community come together like this.”
Taylor Wimpey support local communities and through supporting schemes like ElmsFest, doing much more than building homes – adding social, economic and environmental value to the wider communities in which they operate. Check out their website here: https://www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/