Barratt North offers apprenticeship opportunities beyond 2021

Starting a new working life and career during a global pandemic has been a huge challenge for thousands of young people across Scotland.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 6:00 am
Barratt North Apprentice Jemma Sykes
Barratt North Apprentice Jemma Sykes

With applications now open, Barratt North Scotland will be recruiting six apprentices in their ongoing commitment to tackling the skills shortage in the construction industry.

The trade apprentice roles in bricklaying (two) and carpentry (two), along with two technical apprentices, will be based at Barratt developments across the Highlands, North east and Perthshire.

They will also take part in courses from their local college to obtain qualifications and develop their trade skills.

A total of 26 new starts will form part of Barratt Developments Scotland’s 2021 intake, in a number of positions across the business, from Sales and Land graduates as part of their ASPIRE Graduate Programme, to bricklayer and carpenter trade apprentices.

As well as being available to people who have just left school or college and are looking for a new challenge, apprenticeships are also open to those who have already started working towards a career in housebuilding.

Jemma (29) is now a fully qualified joiner with Barratt.

She said: “I chose an apprenticeship with Barratt because I wanted to establish a career rather than just a job.

" I was attracted to it as it offered a lot of pathways and development opportunities, in both college and onsite.

“The first couple of years can be challenging, as you need to know where you have to be and what to do, but the team members around you are great mentors.”

She added: " Over time, I found my footing, and I am now completing another college course to move into a site management role with the firm.”

Kevin Urquhart, Construction Director for Barratt North Scotland, said: “Despite the difficult circumstances over the last year, we hired a cohort of apprentices in 2020 and we’re looking to do so again this year because we are committed to developing raw talent and giving young people opportunities to forge exciting new careers.”

To find out more about apprenticeship programmes with Barratt Homes visit the website www.barrattcareers.co.uk/early-careers/apprentices.