FAQ

Who are CITB and why do we work with them?

The CITB are the Skills Sector Council for Construction. Working together, we can be certain that you will receive the best support and high quality training you will need to become a qualified tradesperson with a recognised qualification.

How do I apply for an Apprenticeship?

You will need to apply online and upload your CV.  We advertise our vacancies on this site from March to June each year. Before applying we strongly recommend that you have an excellent CV and do some extensive research about Barratt the industry you wish to work in. We receive a large number of applications each year, so make sure you submit a very strong detailed application. If you are successful with your online application you will be asked to visit your local office for an interview with a Manager.

Do I get to choose where I work?

Let us know where you’d like to be based in your application. If you’re successful in getting a place on our programme, we try to place you at a site or office as close to your home address as possible.

Will I receive a salary while I am doing my Apprenticeship?

Yes, at Barratt we offer a very competitive salary for all of our Apprentices and Trainees. For Trade Apprentices, we pay BATJIC rates in England and Wales and SBATC rates in Scotland, both of which are well in excess of the National Apprentice Minimum wage rates.  For Technical and Commercial Apprentices and Trainees, your salary will be dependent on your experience, location and prior qualifications.

Do I get holidays?

Like all Barratt employees, you will be entitled to holiday pay. Apprentices receive 21 days paid holiday per year as well as bank holidays.

How will I learn my trade?

Throughout your apprenticeship you will learn from qualified tradespeople on-site. You’ll also have lots of people that will support you including your Site Manager, College Tutor and Apprenticeship Officer from CITB.

Will I receive a recognised qualification when I have completed my Apprenticeship?

Yes, providing you have successfully completed the relevant Diploma through day or block release at college, submitted all of the required evidence meeting the standards for your NVQ England & Wales or SVQ in Scotland, as well as completing Employer Rights and Responsibilities and Functional Skills.

Do I have to arrange my own college place?

No, we will arrange this for you through CITB.

Do I need to provide my own equipment?

No, At Barratt your safety is very important to us, so we will provide you with personal protective equipment you need to carry out your job safely. We’ll also provide you with a tool kit which you can pay for weekly during the course of your Apprenticeship.

Do I need a CSCS card?

Everyone who works on one of our sites needs to be trained in Health and Safety and obtain a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme). Whilst you are waiting to join us, please research and revise for the appropriate health and safety test, this can be found on http://www.cscs.uk.com/health-and-safety-test. If successful in gaining an Apprenticeship with us, we will help you apply for your card at no cost to yourself.

What awards can I win?

As one of our Apprentices you will have the opportunity to win awards, such as the Barratt Apprentice of the Year, in which the first prize is £500 cash, or we may nominate you for a National Apprenticeship Award. We will also encourage you to take part in Local and National competitions such as SkillBuild. Regional winners go on to compete in UKSkills and WorldSkills; where the final for 2015 is being held in Brazil.

In addition to formal awards, we like to recognise a job well done so to show our appreciation, you may receive a Barratt scratch card from which you can win a range of exciting prizes.

Will I be able to progress my career at the end of my Trade Apprenticeship?

Yes, definitely. If you do wish to progress through the Barratt Academy you will need to demonstrate that you are up for a challenge. Once you’ve successfully completed your Apprenticeship, for those with the desire and potential to progress, you will have the opportunity to apply for our Assistant Site Manager Programme or our Foundation Degree Programme. If you want to remain in your trade, you have a number of options available to you. You could join one of our subcontractors, you could go self-employed, or in some areas you could join Barratt permanently as a qualified trades person.

Can I be an Apprentice or Trainee in the Technical or Commercial team?

Yes, we have many roles within these departments, so if you are looking to develop a career in Quantity Surveying, Engineering, Buying or Design we have a programme for you. You’ll have the benefit of joining permanently from day one and the opportunity to progress right up to Director level.

What time of year do I start?

Our programmes start in September each year. We want you to feel at home as soon as possible so we invite you to attend an induction day during August with other Apprentices in your area to give you a chance to get to know the company, more about your Apprentice Programme and other Apprentices.

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