The College

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Coleg Cambria in North East Wales has 27,000 full and part-time students, across six different campuses. It is internationally recognised for its excellence and has partnerships with over 1,000 employers.

The college offers a broad range of apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities with strong links to local employers.

The Employer

Redrow is a housebuilding company in the UK with a network of 15 operational divisions across the country. It is based in Flintshire, Wales, and employs 2,300 people.

They offer construction building services and provide customers with their own Customer Service Team.

The Partnership

Coleg Cambria and Redrow established a partnership in 2014 as Redrow recognised the need to develop cohesive training plans to ensure they keep their skills levels high and relevant. As a Levy paying employer, skills development is at the heart of the organisation. So, throughout their relationship, they have seen the introduction of ground-breaking programmes in housebuilding at various levels including support for trade apprenticeships.

The partnership has led to the UK’s first dedicated Housebuilding Degree validated by John Moores University as well as a level 3 technical programme to feed into this.

The Benefits

This partnership is being very beneficial for Redrow as the first students embarked on the degree programme in 2018 were Redrow team members.

Over the coming years, Redrow hopes to open the degree out to other housebuilders. The three-year degree gives candidates a full overview of housebuilding skills; these include housebuilding quality, project management, health and safety, business skills, negotiation, right through to relevant aspects of law, mathematics and economics. Six modules will be completed each year by students.

Redrow has already seen success through its training programme, announcing a record 353 trainees in its workforce, a 19% increase since 2017.

What they say

Hear first hand from colleges and employers about their experiences.

We are delighted to be working with Coleg Cambria on developing innovative and flexible programmes for the workplace and are proud that the inspectors have recognised the strength of their approach and their willingness to understand our business priorities and the requirements of modern construction.

Karen Jones, Group Human Resources Director at Flintshire-based Redrow Homes

As one of the largest providers of education and training in Wales and the North West we are proud to work with a sector leading company like Redrow to provide opportunities for their staff to develop skills and expertise in the housebuilding industry.

At Cambria, we are fully committed to work with employers to serve all the learners and communities in our region and challenging them to develop the expertise they need to build successful futures.

Vicky Barwis, Assistant Principal at Coleg Cambria

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