Parents and Teachers
Sponsored Degree Programme
As a Parent, Guardian or Teacher, you need to know the choice you explore/make together with your young adult regarding their future is the best choice. Sometimes, it’s a hard decision to reach. With a whole host of different opportunities and options available to them once they have finished school or college, where do they look and what do they do? Young people taking their first step beyond school and college have so much choice these days.
Why a Sponsored Degree?
The traditional route of university is not one for everyone and with the rising cost of higher education, it is worth considering the option of a sponsored degree route. So what are the benefits of a Sponsored Degree?
- Fully funded course fees - Barratt Developments pay full tuition fees, meaning no student debt of £27,000 upon completion
- A permanent job – full-time employment, gaining valuable work experience whilst studying, leading to a professional career pathway
- Earning whilst learning – An annual starting salary of up to £24,000, which will increase with experience and responsibility
What is a foundation degree and what are the benefits?
A foundation degree is the equivalent of two thirds of a full honours degree. Because they are fully flexible qualifications, students can study part-time around employment, perfect for our people. At Barratt we also give our people the opportunity to top up their foundation degree to a BSc (Hons).
The Foundation Degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), with the BSc (Hons) accredited by both the CIOB and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The programme focuses on the principles of house-building - from construction techniques to their practical uses, including legal and contractual areas. Academic knowledge and technical skills alike are further developed in the workplace
Since the launch of our Programme in 2013, it has already been shortlisted for three National awards: in the National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2014 & 2015 and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) awards in 2014. So, you have the peace of mind that we deliver quality. We're also currently ranked 2nd in the all about school leavers rankings in the sponsored degree category.
What does the Programme involve?
Each student completes mini-rotations in Technical, Surveying and Buying; helping them to understand our business. While studying, they’ll also take on the role of Trainee Assistant Site Manager. They’ll develop an ability to co-ordinate trades, direct labour and materials in order to meet a highly challenging schedule on time, and within budget. They will coordinate the build of our customer’s homes; one of the biggest purchases ever made.
Students attend four, one-week teaching blocks at Sheffield Hallam University each year; achieving the Foundation Degree after three years. After the first two years, successful students become Assistant Site Managers.
Candidates with high potential will progress to complete the BSc (Hons) degree over a further 18-months, and be ready for a Site Manager role on completion.
Why choose Barratt?
At Britain’s leading housebuilder; a FTSE 100 company, we are at the forefront of a thriving industry. With increasing demand for new homes, we are constantly creating new job opportunities – over 3,000 in the past year alone.
Here at Barratt, we identified there was an opportunity we could offer young people wishing to access the construction industry whilst also continuing their learning and gaining further qualifications. We decided to devise something that would appeal and fit our business and our need of providing talent for the future. We worked in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University to devise and gain accreditation for our own bespoke Degree Programme. Put simply, it is a degree level qualification which combines academic study with practical learning in the workplace.
What could the future hold?
In an industry with an aging workforce, we’re serious in our search for the talent to become our Construction Managers and Directors of the future. That’s why we’re looking to our Sponsored Degree Trainees for fast-track promotion into these roles. And of course, we’ll support them every step of the way. From their degree, they’ll be equipped with the most up-to-date information about modern methods of construction, sustainable building techniques, as well as the people and management skills they need to grow professionally.
What do we look for?
Applicants need one A-level and four GCSEs (C or above) including Maths and English, or one of the following:
- BTEC national certificate or diploma in building, construction or civil engineering
- Advanced diploma in construction or built environment
- Alternative access or foundation course qualification
We expect students to demonstrate the potential to focus on customer and commercial needs. They’ll also need a clear understanding of the commitment required to manage working on-site while furthering their education.
So if the young person you know has the determination to succeed, we have the chance for them to fulfil their potential. They won’t have to choose between further education or paid employment - with us, they can have the best of both worlds, and more besides.