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As the UK’s best-known house-builder, Barratt boasts a 5,000-strong workforce and thousands more happy customers. That’s because we’re founded on a strong ethos of building quality homes, catering to every specification. And in order to continually exceed our customers’ expectations, we only employ the brightest talent – people who share our vision of creating everything from affordable to luxury properties, using the latest construction methods and always keeping an eye on environmental sustainability.
It’s this winning formula that has seen us flourish. Voted the #1 company to work for by graduates in The Job Crowd, and with a 5-star house-builder status, we’re proud of our high standards and the fact that our employees are so happy to say they’re a part of our skilled team.
With a portfolio of brands to look after including Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes, Ward Homes and Barratt London, there’s no corner of the housing market that we haven’t touched. Britain’s growing housing needs mean we’re committed to providing value properties at lower costs for rent and shared-ownership schemes. Likewise, we cater for clients seeking starter and family homes, right through to luxury apartments. It’s because of this wide-reaching scope that we therefore provide incredible opportunities for enthusiastic team-players looking to be part of our exciting journey – people who are committed to helping us continue to win NHBC ‘Pride in the Job’ Awards. We’ve already won 90 of them, and we’re dedicated to continuing this winning streak that has seen us scoop more awards than any other house-builder.
As a FTSE 100 company, we offer all the benefits of being a large, well-connected business with the intimacy and support-network more normally associated with smaller organisations. We’re proud of this combination, as we believe that our teams produce their best work when they’re being nurtured and mentored by one of our Directors. We’re keen for every member of staff to achieve their full potential, so we expose everyone – from undergraduates to graduates on our ASPIRE programmes – to a wide network of experts, meaning you’ll be well-connected and able to successfully pursue your career goals.
What you make of your career is entirely up to you, and we’ll be there to guide you every step of the way.
Name: Alex Cook
Degree: BA (Hons) in Philosophy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Project Management
Role: Project Coordinator – Aspire Programme
Alex joined in 2012 after completing a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Project Management. At the end of the Graduate Programme, he joined our Group Support Office and is working on an offsite manufacturing project. He was also ‘runner-up’ in the 2013 National Graduate Recruitment Awards in the Rising Star category.
“During my postgraduate studies I developed my interest in the house building sector having spent a number of years working on residential projects. Following my studies, I spent time working in Australia. During this time I researched UK construction companies for when I returned to the UK. Barratt seemed to offer one of the most structured graduate programmes, and following the application process I was lucky enough to gain a place on the programme.
The recruitment process was well organised throughout with real emphasis on finding the right individuals. This clearly reflects the structured nature of the programme which focuses on developing individuals throughout the two years. This is done through rotations within the company and by regularly meeting up with the other graduates.
Having recently completed the programme I can say that they have exceeded my expectations in terms of support and development. I have had regular meetings with my Managing Director to discuss my progress and set further goals, as well as having access to departmental Directors on an almost daily basis. The quarterly Graduate meetings have provided training which has helped to make me a more rounded person and increase my awareness of what is happening elsewhere in the business.
The departmental rotations have given me an overview of the business and the chance to gain an in depth knowledge of each specialism. Throughout each rotation I have been given real responsibility in delivering tasks, for example negotiating and agreeing contracts and specification for 29 Housing Association units over three sites. Then working with our buying and construction teams to ensure these are delivered to programme.
It’s not all work though, outside of the office I was part of a team from the Graduate Programme which took part in a charity bike ride from Liverpool to Newcastle which raised around £5000 to help the Prince’s Trust.
Through a Graduate Project we were given the opportunity to present to our Regional Managing Director, which has led me to the role I am doing now; a project that potentially revolutionises how we build homes. During the project in the early days, I was responsible for arranging workshops and reviews with key academics, senior industry representatives and Government advisers. My role now is to continue to research and implement the project against a backdrop of increasing regulation and material costs, decreasing trade availability, and the requirement for faster build. I can honestly say that no two days are the same, and time never drags!"
Training & Profiles
Continual improvement is high on the agenda at Barratt, especially through the graduate and undergraduate programmes.
We want graduates who join us now to enjoy diverse career opportunities within our organisation in the future. So we are keen to equip you with the broader management and people skills you need to grow professionally. This isn’t simply about gaining technical knowledge or learning how our organisation operates. It is about taking practical measures to develop the softer skills such as networking, team working, relationship building, creative problem solving, influencing and persuading, as well as managing change.
Training is provided in a structured manner. Examples of courses you may attend include courses in Estimating & Valuations, CDM awareness training, a creative communications workshop, CSCS training alongside Safety, Health and Environment training. Your rotations mean you will also cover all departments including Land, Technical, Sales, Construction, Finance and Commercial. This is of paramount importance to developing your understanding of the whole company as a potential future leader
Full FAQs can be found on our website.
For undergraduates, please see here: http://www.barrattfuturetalent.co.uk/undergraduates/faq/
For graduates, please see here: http://www.barrattfuturetalent.co.uk/graduates/faq/