Intermediate trade apprenticeships for Barratt Developments’ 2023 programme are now open for applications nationwide, including Devon.
Over the past five years, Barratt David Wilson Homes’ Exeter division has selected more than 26 apprentices to trade programmes where recruits split their time between on-site work and college learning as they become a fully qualified bricklayer or carpenter/joiner. Upon completion, there is an option to move on to an Advanced Apprenticeship.
The Federation of Master Builders reports a severe shortage of bricklayers and carpenters. It estimates that the construction sector needs at least 225,000 additional workers by 2027 to meet demand and many more to tackle energy efficiency improvements to homes.
Nicki Reid, sales director for Barratt David Wilson Homes Exeter, said: “We are proud of our long-term commitment to apprenticeships which has supported young adults in particular to learn the skills and knowledge in college and then combine it with leading on-the-job and on-site training. To sustain the number of homes that the UK needs, our industry must rise to the challenge of mobilising the builders of the future through investing in training and apprenticeships, which we have a strong record of doing.”
Joey Lord, 17, who is an apprentice carpenter studying for his NVQ Level 2 bricklaying apprenticeship, working on-site at the local homebuilder’s Berry Acres development in Paignton, whilst also attending college to complete his academic qualification.
Speaking about his experience so far, Joey said: “I’m enjoying my bricklaying apprenticeship immensely and have already learned skills that will be incredibly useful in my future career. One of the main things I enjoy is the sheer variety on the job. It really is a case of no two days being the same on-site.
“What I enjoy most about the apprenticeship is working with the team, who are all very friendly and welcoming. I have a great support network on site and the recruitment team have been great with helping me achieve my career goals. It’s great learning new skills and techniques and it’s satisfying to see my work get better each day.
“The apprenticeship is really rewarding – I have learned so much and can’t wait to see where it takes me. It has boosted my confidence and taught me transferrable skills like problem solving, industry awareness and team work. I am wanting to finish my Level 2 Bricklaying and hopefully stay on with Barratt Homes in the future.
“I would encourage anyone who wants to develop skills in a trade, earn while they learn, and make great friends to consider applying for a Barratt apprenticeship.”
For information on the Barratt Developments apprenticeship scheme please visit Intermediate & Advanced Apprentices:: Barratt Developments (barrattcareers.co.uk)
Barratt David Wilson Homes Exeter is currently building much-needed and energy efficient new homes across Devon, including Hampton Mill in Okehampton, Berry Acres in Paignton.
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