FAQ

How long is the recruitment process?

The recruitment process opens in February with employment to commence in September. Induction to the Programme is in October each year.  

How will I be tested during the recruitment process?

You will be asked to take an online questionnaire, take part in a telephone interview as well as attend an assessment centre.  Assessment centres contain a variety of exercises including, written and presentation tasks, verbal and numerical reasoning tests and a personal interview.

Where will I be based?

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 as close to your home address as possible.

What qualifications do I need?

Typically, you will need one A-level and four GCSEs Grade C or above including Maths and English.  We do encourage applications from candidates holding the following: BTEC national certificate or diploma in building, construction or civil engineering. Also, an advanced diploma in construction or the built environment.  We also value previous managerial or leadership experience, particularly from ex-forces personnel. You can also apply if you have other access, military or foundation course qualifications.

What experience do I need?

It is not essential that you have construction experience. The most important thing you can bring to our business is your personality.  You will need to be able to work in a diverse environment, bring skills and attributes from a whole host of backgrounds and also be passionate about customers and people.  

What is the title of the qualification and is it nationally recognised?

The Foundation Degree is titled FdSc in Residential Development and Construction. Following this, you can top up to the BSc (Hons), also in Residential Development and Construction.  Nationally recognised qualifications, the FdSc is accredited by the CIOB, with the BSc (Hons) accredited by both CIOB and RICS.  

How long will it take me to achieve the Degree and how many join each year?

After 3 years you will achieve your Foundation Degree in Residential Development and Construction.  Following this, you have an option to continue for a further 18 months and achieve a BSc (Hons) Degree. 

Each year a minimum of 25 candidates join the programme - this is generally a mix of internally nominated employees and externally recruited individuals.  

What will my job role be?

You will join the business as a Trainee Assistant Site Manager.  After the first two years we anticipate that you will be appointed as an Assistant Site Manager.  

What happens during the ‘block week’ at Sheffield Hallam University?

During your block week, you are provided with accommodation within the locality of the university to allow you to attend as a team.  This allows you to reflect, share good practice and draw upon each other’s experiences.  You will complete activities, lectures and assignments during this time.  Within the block weeks, you will sit exams.  

What support is available to me?

Within the division you work in, you will be supported by your own Mentor who will conduct quarterly reviews with you and discuss your progress at university and also within your role.  Sheffield Hallam University appoint a Course Leader who will work with Barratt to ensure your progress is tracked and any additional support needs are identified.  You must inform us if you require any additional learning support as this is also offered through the university.  Don’t forget, you also have peer support from colleagues.

How much time will I need to set for work outside of university?

The time you require to complete set assignments will be down to you as an individual.  There are assignments that require work away from the university and that need to be completed in your own time.  You will need to be self-motivated to undertake wider reading in order to explore what you have learned in the classroom in more depth. It's up to you to set your own study schedule to ensure you are ready to submit your coursework or take exams.

When you are at school or college, the majority of your learning is 'taught' in the classroom. The major difference between school/college and university is that you will be expected to rely less on the teaching staff and more on yourself. Although tutors and lecturers are there to help you, the emphasis is on them getting you to understand a subject for yourself.

There is an expectation at university that you will be undertaking a lot of individual study and background reading in the time when you are not in classes or lectures, and it's important that you take this on board from the start.

How much will the Degree cost me?

Barratt are committed to creating a pipeline of talent for the future, and therefore university tuition fees are paid for by the Company.  

As a comparison, if you were to take the traditional route and study for a degree on a full-time university course, the fees would cost you in the region of £27,000.   

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