Much like the rest of the world, 2020 was a year full of changes for Barratt Developments but one thing that hasn’t changed is our continued passion for transitioning talented ex-Armed Forces personnel into a career in housebuilding.  We recognise the special leadership and management capabilities of those from an Armed Forces background and are committed to offering opportunities based on their unique skills and experiences.

Last year saw us hit some incredible milestones on this journey, including recruiting over 130 ex-Armed Forces individuals into a variety of roles since 2015, and achieving the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award in their Employer Recognition Scheme.

Moving into 2021, this focus remains with the launching of our 2021 Armed Forces Transition Programme recruitment – the sixth year in a row that we’ve ran this programme.

Our transition programme starts in March & September and provides all the training and support needed to work towards becoming a qualified Assistant Site Manager in approximately 12 months.

From day one, successful candidates work on-site and through a development programme to gain all the technical skills and industry knowledge they need to help run a site. They learn their trade on-site, complete an NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision and work through a range of development modules that cover everything from foundations to customer demonstrations. This is complemented by group and online learning where they develop an understanding of best practice and master the regulation and construction knowledge needed to build a long-lasting successful career in the industry.

Successful candidates will also spend time in other departments in the business to gain an understanding of what they do and how this links into their role. This is supported by a matrix of Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) training and a module at a Simulation Centre where they have the opportunity to put into practice everything they have learned.

Working at Barratt is all about fulfilling ambitions, opening doors and creating a real sense of belonging. If this sounds great and you are looking for a career in construction we would love to hear from you! In return you will be rewarded with a competitive salary, pension, staff discount, flexible benefits and the opportunity to work for the country’s largest and best known housebuilder.

Hear what our colleagues have to say…

Greig Mills, Barratt David Wilson. A former Marine who took part in the pilot programme

 ‘’The training that I have received from start to finish on the programme has been fantastic. I was put on a site with an experienced team who took their time to help me comfortably make the transition. As a former marine I had lots of transferable skills, which I was able to take onto site. There aren’t many job opportunities in management when you leave the forces, so this programme with Barratt, which trains you up, helps you gain a qualification and gives you the best chance of going as far in the business as possible. The scheme is brilliant.”

Chrissie Matthews, Barratt David Wilson. Assistant Site Manager

I served for 15 years in the Royal Engineers, where I finished at the rank the rank of Sergeant. As a combat engineer for the majority of my career operating in field squadrons providing field support to all different corps on operations overseas and in the UK. In my final posting I was responsible for the middle management and administration for support troop in the Cavalry.

I wanted to leave the armed forces for a more settled home life. I’d recently brought my first home with my partner and when our daughter came along I didn’t want to be working away all week and commuting home at weekends.

Having a Dad that is a bricklayer I’ve been around build sites the majority of my life. With joining the Royal Engineers I was always involved in construction of fortifications so when the opportunity came up it seemed a natural progression to come into house building. Since starting with Barratt I have been able to complete my NVQ level 4 and move from a trainee assistant site manager to assistant site manager where I’m now responsible for organising the 2nd fix programming and finals of the plots. Site management suits ex service personnel as many of the transferable skills marry up to site management. Being able to be organised and communicate with different people in different levels is key.

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