Housebuilders recruit ex-members of armed forces

Trainee site managers at David Wilson Homes.Trainee site managers at David Wilson Homes.
Trainee site managers at David Wilson Homes.
Former members of the armed forces looking for a new career are being offered a golden opportunity.

Leading house builder Barratt Developments PLC is introducing a new accelerated Trainee Assistant Site Manager Programme tailored for such recruits to the job market.

The programme, which is accredited by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), takes 12 months to complete through classroom-based training and on-the-job experience, leading to an assistant site manager position and beyond.

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Barratt Developments is the parent company of Barratt and David Wilson Homes.

Rob Hutchings, construction director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “Our Trainee Assistant Site Manager programme is a fantastic opportunity for ex-members of the armed forces looking to transition to civilian life. From our experience, we’ve found ex-servicemen and women to have a number of transferable skills that help them to become excellent site managers.”

Those on the programme will learn essential construction skills, people management and self-development in order to build on their existing skills gained during careers in the Army, Navy or RAF.

As participants develop over the 12 months, they will be responsible for a number of areas including supporting the site manager in coordinating trades, labour and materials to meet the production programme and deputising for the site manager.

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Darren Langton, construction director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “The work of an assistant site manager is fast paced and well-suited to armed forces personnel looking for a new challenge. We’re looking for someone with strong leadership skills, who has the ability to think outside of the box, problem solve and work under pressure.”

To succeed on the programme, people will need to thrive on challenge, be self-confident and embrace change.

In return, Barratt Developments will offer a package including £24,000 salary, with review after 12 months, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, staff discount on house purchase and pension.

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