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Nicola Mannion

Graduate Trainee / 2017 / Yorkshire

University: University of Liverpool
Degree: Urban Regeneration and Planning

Hi, I’m Nicola. I work in the Yorkshire division as a planning graduate, having finished my BA (Hons) in Urban Regeneration and Planning from the University of Liverpool this year.

I first realised I wanted to have a career in the industry when I completed a month’s work experience with a house builder between my second and third year at university. Redrow became my company of choice when I saw how much care and attention they give to the graduate scheme. Even senior members of staff really value the importance of graduate training, and everyone’s really supportive.

In my role, I sit between the Land and Technical departments. Working primarily with the land buyers, designers and engineers, I help to secure planning permission on sites and resolve planning issues that come up later in the construction process. The added bonus of working between two departments is being invited to social events by both teams: on my first day in the office I ended up being part of the Redrow Go Karting team, competing against the other Yorkshire housebuilders in the annual tournament! Redrow is also really supportive of my ambition to become a chartered planner, and I regularly attend RTPI courses alongside the extensive training programme which the company puts in place for all graduates. This not only boosts my professional development, but also allows me to network with other graduates in the industry.
Outside of work, I enjoy horse riding and running. Last year I completed my first half marathon and I’m hoping to do a few more in the future!

Good luck with your applications and I’ll hopefully see you at Redrow soon!

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