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Welsh Graduates Begin Building Their Careers with Redrow


Five Welsh graduates have begun building their careers with leading UK housebuilder Redrow.

Mechanical engineering graduate Jake Davies has joined the technical team at Redrow. A competitive track cycling sprinter, Jake has begun his two-year graduate training programme supporting the team with the preparation of planning applications.

Dan Burgoyne has been recruited as a graduate trainee in the commercial department. He holds a BSc in quantity surveying from the University College of Estate Management.

Both Jake and Dan join existing graduates who have now completed their graduate training programmes and secured permanent roles with Redrow. This includes Sarah Smith who joined Redrow as part of the 2019 cohort of graduates. She has an MSc in spatial and development planning and is now focussed on securing and progressing forward land opportunities for future development as a member of the planning team.

Redrow’s graduates pictured at the companies Churchlands development show homes at Lisvane, Cardiff. Left to right are Jake Davies, Dan Burgoyne, Jess Owen, Grant Strong and Sarah Smith,

A first class honours Biology graduate of Swansea University, Jessica Moreton joined the Redrow graduate scheme in 2016. Having spent time in all departments throughout Redrow, she successfully completed the training programme in 2018 and then went on to be involved with the delivery of  Plasdŵr, the £2 billion, 900-acre garden city. She has now been offered a permanent position as a land negotiator in the land team.

Grant Strong first joined Redrow as a graduate trainee in 2011. With a degree in city and regional planning, his career in project management has progressed over the ten year period that he has been with Redrow. He is now a special project manager working on the development of Plasdŵr.

The Redrow graduate training programme is an industry-leading rotational programme that introduces graduates to every aspect of Redrow. It provides an opportunity to work and learn from experts in the industry with four six-month placements, three of which involve rotating around the business areas of land, technical, construction or commercial.

Grant Strong explains:

“From the get-go, all graduates with Redrow are mentored in specific departments by some of the most experienced people in the industry. Over a two-year period, we’ve been supported to develop our knowledge and skills through structured training and careful guidance allowing us to develop the experience needed to work on major projects with significant scale and complexity.

“Like my colleagues, I love my job with Redrow and am very grateful for the opportunities that I have had to progress my career with the business.”

Nigel Palmer is Managing Director of Redrow in South Wales. He said:

“Key to our success are the many talented people working in every department across the business who are committed to excellence. We are particularly proud that over 15% of our current workforce are trainees. Besides academic qualifications, we look for qualities that cannot be measured or tested but can be seen; enthusiasm, drive and determination. We want graduates who can help shape our business of the future.

“Sarah, Jessica and Grant have performed incredibly well throughout their training programmes with us and I am delighted to see them progress in the business while we also look forward to developing Jake and Dan and seeing them build their careers with Redrow.”


Redrow is a leading UK premium housebuilder, proudly headquartered in Ewloe, Flintshire.

Established in 1974, it has earned a unique reputation for quality, building beautiful homes and communities, creating, in its words, a better way to live. It delivers for both investors and the wider community by centring all its activities around its three values of creating thriving communities by building responsibly and valuing people, all while engaging with colleagues and stakeholders.

Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year to 27th June 2021, Redrow built more than 5,500 premium new homes across England and Wales and the Group reported revenue of £1.9bn.

Redrow directly employs well over 300 people across Wales, 15% of whom are trainees, graduates or apprentices, at its headquarters, regional offices and developments.

It takes responsibility seriously: last year, Redrow achieved the Global Good Company of the Year Silver award in recognition of its social impact and launched its ‘Nature for People’ biodiversity strategy, established as part of a long-standing partnership with the Wildlife Trusts. In June 2021, Redrow was included in the FT’s inaugural listing of Europe’s Climate Leaders for achieving significant reductions in its greenhouse gas emissions between 2014 and 2019.

Over the past year, Redrow has consistently been rated as ‘excellent’ on Trustpilot and once again achieved the Five Star Customer Satisfaction award from the Home Builders’ Federation (HBF). The company is also one of just eight UK construction companies to be named a Diversity Leader in the Financial Times’ inaugural list of European leaders for workplace diversity and inclusion.

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