Homebuilder launches recruitment drive in National Apprenticeship Week

Published Thu, Mar 31st 2016

Brighton homebuilder Barratt Developments has thrown its support behind the government’s campaign to boost the number of young people in apprenticeships as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

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The company has opened up positions for new apprentices, including bricklayers and carpenters/joiners at its developments across the region.

Building on its commitment to secure three million apprenticeship starts by 2020, the government has launched a ‘100 in 100 apprenticeship campaign’, which will see MPs across all political parties in England securing apprenticeship pledges from businesses in their constituencies, with the aim of creating at least 100 new apprenticeships within the next 100 days.

Gary Ennis, regional managing director of Barratt Developments, which incorporates Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, said its apprenticeships provide the perfect foundations for a career in the construction industry and it will be focussing on ensuring apprentices successfully complete their programmes and enter the industry as qualified tradespeople or trainee site managers in order to address the current skills shortage.

“Nationally we have recruited 780 graduates, undergraduates, apprentices and trainees in the past three years of which 480 were apprentices,’’ he said. “By September 2016, we will have around 450 apprentices and trainees currently on a programme, which represents 7.5% of the direct workforce.

“We want to invite anybody with an interest in construction to consider applying for one of our apprenticeship and help us build our award-winning new homes.“

Barratt Developments’ apprenticeship programme sees learners work on an assigned development in the region for part of their working week, as well as taking part in classroom-based learning at a local college.                                                                                                                  

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