Property news: Tom builds reputation to top national skills competition

Tom Dixon (centre) with construction director Ross Walton (left) and Redrow (Yorkshire) managing director Warren Thompson.
Tom Dixon (centre) with construction director Ross Walton (left) and Redrow (Yorkshire) managing director Warren Thompson.
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NEW homes in Wakefield are set to benefit from the skills of one of the UK’s best apprentice bricklayers after a Redrow trainee cemented his reputation with a national award.

Tom Dixon, 22, built his way to a Gold Medal at the highly-regarded World Skills UK competition, part of The Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, after producing three examples of his excellent brick work.

Tom, who is in his third year of a Redrow apprenticeship, was declared the winner of the bricklaying category at a glitzy ceremony at Birmingham’s NEC.

He had demonstrated precise skills in creating different angles and an archway which he created over two and a half days of the competition.

He is now set to finish his apprenticeship at the newly launched Nostell Fields, in Crofton, after helping to finish the homes at Holtby Gardens, in Cottingham.

Tom, from Hull, said: “I’m extremely pleased to have won the Gold Medal. It was a massive event with many skills represented, not just construction - they covered everything from forensic science to floristry - so I’m thrilled to have been a part of it.

“Everyone in the Redrow team has been brilliant, allowing me to have the time off to go to the competition and I’ve been able to carry on with my college work alongside practising for the finals. I can’t wait to get to Nostell Fields to carry on building on my success there.”

Ross Walton, construction director for Wakefield-based Redrow Homes (Yorkshire), added: “We’re extremely proud of Tom. He was ‘highly commended’ in the same category last year so it’s great that he’s been able to build on that success at this year’s awards. Tom is now looking to join Redrow’s Trainee Site Assistant programme so we hope he has a long future ahead of him at Redrow.”

One of the UK’s most successful and acclaimed housebuilders, Redrow has just been named as a Top 100 Apprentice Employer for 2014 by The National Apprenticeship Service for the second year running. The company constructs around 3,500 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. It was the only volume housebuilder to feature in the 2013 Building Good Employer Guide and roughly 15% of its employees have official trainee status, including apprentices and graduates.

Based at the Wakefield 41 business park, Redrow’s Yorkshire division has developments across East, West, North and South Yorkshire as well as North Lincolnshire.

To find out more about the homes Tom will be working on next at Nostell Fields in Crofton, go to redrow.co.uk/nostell or call 01924 764741.

And for more information on how to follow in his footsteps and become a Redrow apprentice visit www.redrowcareers.co.uk/Apprentices.

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