Parents and Teachers
Apprentice and Trainee Schemes
Young people taking their first step beyond school have so much choice these days. There is a lot to consider - from tuition fees and graduate employment prospects, to the varying fortunes of different professions. It’s never been more important for you to be informed. Because you want to help the young person you know choose wisely.
Our apprenticeships are one of these options, so let us explain why you should consider them.
What is an apprenticeship and what are the benefits?
Put simply, an apprenticeship is a way to earn while you learn. It combines study with a full-time, paid role. All learning is tailored towards the future career - and the experiences gained mean the exploring your career path, connecting with skilled professionals and building credentials from day one. Those credentials include practical skills, specialist knowledge, CV-worthy achievements and nationally recognised qualifications.
Other benefits of an apprenticeship include good pay, job security and paid holidays. In addition to specific professional skills, apprenticeships are great for developing broader skills including communication, team working, problem solving, literacy and numeracy.
Who are apprenticeships for?
People who enjoy being ‘hands-on’ enjoy apprenticeships, but this isn’t exclusive to trades alone – we also offer more office-based apprenticeships too. Apprentices would prefer to work and learn practically, rather than study full-time. They probably don’t want the financial implications that come with degree study - but they will relish the chance to achieve professional qualifications. They also appreciate earning a living and being responsible. At the same time, they are grateful for the support and guidance that come with an apprenticeship.
You can find out more about careers in construction through the CITB Go Construct and HBF Housebuilding Careers websites. Click on the images below to find out more.
Why choose Barratt?
As Britain’s leading housebuilder, we are at the forefront of a thriving industry. With increasing demand for new housing, we are constantly creating new job opportunities.
Our apprenticeship and trainee programmes have a proven track record. After all, many of our most senior people started as apprentices or trainees, including two Managing Directors and our Deputy CEO.
So it’s no surprise that our programmes have received a host of awards, most recently including top Macro Employer in the 2014 National Apprenticeship Awards.
What does a Barratt apprenticeship involve?
A Barratt apprenticeship is a gateway to a great career, filled with prospects and plenty of stability.
It offers the opportunity to experience our industry in a full-time, paid role with real responsibilities. Our apprentices enjoy lots of practical, on-the-job training and study for industry-recognised qualifications. Throughout, they receive tailored support.
Our programmes are run in partnership with CITB, the Sector Skills Council for construction. That means we can offer both formal and on-site training with experienced trade specialists, and programmes which go far beyond the standard NVQ syllabus.
Because we invest strongly in support, the development of each apprentice is overseen individually by one of our Directors. What’s more, the end of the programme is just the beginning of a rewarding career journey. We are committed to encouraging ongoing development.
What could the future hold?
Depending on the apprenticeship route chosen, there are many options available following successful completion of the programmes. Our trade apprentices may work for our subcontractors, set themselves up as self-employed or work for us permanently as a qualified trades person. They may progress into a career in Site Management on our Barratt Academy Assistant Site Manager Programme or for a more academic route they may wish to progress onto our Sponsored Degree programme.
Our commercial and technical apprentices and trainees will go on to be fully qualified quantity surveyors, buyers, engineers or architetural technicians, or in a few more years we hope they will be managing teams of their own.