Wirral apprentice who ‘always wanted to be a joiner’ starts career with homebuilder

An apprentice from Wirral has started his career in construction thanks to homebuilder Redrow’s apprenticeship scheme.

Eddie Lawler, from Moreton, is undertaking a two-year Level 2 joinery apprenticeship and working at The Finches at Hilton Grange development in Halewood.

Eddie, 19, will spend his apprenticeship working alongside Redrow’s site management team and subcontractors, while gaining valuable experience on a busy new homes development.

Redrow is continuing its pledge to inspire the next generation into the construction industry as National Apprenticeship Week gets underway (February 5 – 11).

Open to anyone over the age of 16, Redrow’s apprenticeship scheme covers key housebuilding trades, including bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry, and groundworks, as well as administration, commercial, sales, customers services, and technical roles within its offices.

Trade apprentices’ time is split between working on-site and college-based study that will provide the apprentice with essential industry qualifications, so they can earn while they learn.

“Currently I’m working on-site for the next 15 weeks and then I’ll spend two weeks at Stephenson College in Leicester and then back to Halewood,” said Eddie.

“I always wanted to be a joiner, but when I came to leave school, it was during the covid pandemic, so there were fewer jobs and apprenticeships on offer. So, I stayed on and went to sixth form college in Wallasey.

“I started searching around for apprenticeships and came across Redrow’s scheme. It was everything that I was looking for, so I applied.

“Every day is different on site. Currently, I’m working on the first fix of homes, so that includes the roofs, stud walls and staircases. Then I’ll move on to the second fix, which is when the house is mostly finished. I’ll be hanging doors, fixing skirting boards and generally finishing up.

“After my apprenticeship is finished I’m hoping to move on to my Level 3, which will give me further experience and options for my career.”

The apprentices are all employed by Redrow but supervised and mentored by established sub-contractors who teach them their trade. They also come under the overall supervision of Huw Williams, who has overseen the apprenticeship scheme at Redrow Lancashire for the past two and a half years.

“We currently have 14 apprentices working with us and will be taking on more this year,” said Huw, who joined Redrow Lancashire in 2001.                                                                

“Redrow’s apprenticeship scheme offers very impressive on-the-job learning. It is a great way into the construction industry and enables the apprentice to earn while they learn.”

For further information about becoming an apprentice with Redrow and other career opportunities visit: www.redrowcareers.co.uk

Image: Redrow apprentice Eddie Lawler

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