Spotlight on NHBC’s Apprenticeship scheme: Redrow

From the scrum to site management – apprenticeship focus with Rugby Union’s Nick Selway.

Last year NHBC launched its first-ever apprenticeship scheme, as the industry began to recover from the pandemic, when it became an Education and Skills Funding Agency-approved provider. 

The apprenticeships are delivered by the dedicated Training team whose qualified tutors have decades of construction and coaching experience between them.  

We welcomed the first cohort to our Construction Site Supervisor (CSS) apprenticeship in September, which has been designed with industry-leading employers to reflect their specific and bespoke needs.  

We spoke with one of the first apprentices to sign up – Redrow and London Scottish professional Nick Selway. 

The hooker - who has been involved in Championship level rugby for the last 10 years – enrolled on the NHBC scheme last Autumn, having been a bricklayer before turning professional. 

“I have enjoyed every minute of the scheme so far and it provides a good contrast with my on the field activities. I’ve always been interested in construction and have worked on sites in the past – the NHBC Apprentice scheme looked ideal and it is my aim that once my sporting career is over it will give me something to focus on. 

“The on-line learning portal runs very well and we are all getting some excellent insights as to how we can all individually make the most of our careers within house-building. 

“It can be hard work, combining learning at home, with work on-site along with rugby training and keeping myself in shape but it is definitely worth it. Regardless of anyone’s background or career history, the NHBC Apprentice scheme is without doubt worth pursuing should you have an interest in house-building and construction.” 

NHBC’s Head of Training and Analysis, Darryl Stewart added: “It is really pleasing to hear of Nick’s progress which shows that people from many different backgrounds can succeed within the sector. We look forward to training more builders of the future who will commit to high standards throughout their careers and wish Nick all the best with his career at Redrow.”


To find out more please visit our apprenticeship page where we are developing the next generation of house builders