At Barratt, we not only welcome ex-Armed Forces personnel, we actively want the skills and experience you can bring. Housebuilding is a natural next step for many in the Armed Forces. Your talent, drive and leadership abilities translate well into construction and Barratt have different opportunities to match the broad range of skills on offer.
You’ll be joining the leading housebuilder in Britain. We work on projects of all sizes and types across the country and as the demand for housing increases, we’re helping build homes for the next generation. That means you’ll develop skills for a career that will always be needed and because the industry is continually changing you’ll always be learning new ones.
Whichever programme you pick, Barratt prioritises your training and development so you’ll have access to the latest techniques and technology to keep one step ahead of the industry. The work can be challenging, but it’s always different and you can take satisfaction knowing that what you do matters.
Which programme is right for you?
Armed Forces Transition Programme
If you want to work on-site and work towards becoming an Assistant Site Manager within approximately 12 months, this is the programme for you.Find out more
Higher & Degree Apprenticeships
If you’re interested in achieving a BSc (Hons) Degree in Construction, Quantity Surveying, Design and Management or Real Estate, these programmes could be for you. These are not specific Armed Forces programmes but you are highly encouraged to apply. Visit the relevant section on our Apprentices page for full information.Find out more
These are the two programmes most suitable for most people from an Armed Forces background. However if you feel neither is the exact fit you’re looking for then look around the site and at our open vacancies. Your experience is beneficial in almost every single one of our roles and we judge every application on its merits.
Hear from our people
The Armed Forces Transition Programme is a really important way to connect those leaving the Armed Forces with civilian life. After driving tanks for a living, construction is completely new to me, but there are many transferable skills that I can bring from my time in the Armed Forces. Being a team player and a great timekeeper are a couple of them – both of which are essential as I work with different suppliers, contractors and colleagues to build quality homes on time and to budget. I’m very happy that companies like Barratt are positively encouraging more women to join the business.
Previously, I was a Medic in the British Army. I chose to join Barratt through the Degree Apprenticeship Programme in Construction, as I wanted to get on-site experience, plus gain face-to-face tuition at university. The working environment is fast-paced; every day is different.
I have now completed my Foundation Degree in Residential Development and Construction, and have been promoted to Site Manager. From here, the possibilities are endless. If you’re thinking of applying, remember you don’t need building experience; you’ll learn it all on the job.
I served for 15 years in the Royal Engineers, where I finished in the rank of Sergeant. I was involved in the construction on Camp Bastion and many forward operating bases, as well as building new RAF accommodation on the top of Mount Kent in the Falkland Islands.
Site management suits ex-service personnel, as many of the skills are transferrable. Being organised and being able to communicate with different people at different levels is key. I’ve been lucky enough to be placed with a successful site team, where we all have a good working relationship. It’s very similar to the Armed Forces where we have banter but work to help each other out. One of the great advantages of my role at Barratt is the Monday to Friday working week; spending time with my family has given me a better home life.
I served 11 years as a Royal Marines Commando in the Heavy Weapons (Anti Tanks) brands. After leaving the Armed Forces, I retrained as a plumber and set up my own small company. Two former Marines who had successfully completed the Armed Forces Transition Programme recommended I join and I haven’t looked back. The best thing about my job is the teamwork involved in running a successful site. The busy atmosphere at Barratt is more suited to the working environment I’m used to; the fast pace of the working day ensures no day is the same.
The transition from the Armed Forces into my role at Barratt has been really good, and I would highly recommended it to others. My favourite part of the role is the early stages of the build and the technical element of construction.
I’ve recently won my first ‘Pride in the Job’ Award, and it’s great to know the hard work put in by the team has been recognised. I am fortunate to work with a number of highly motivated and professional colleagues and contractors. It’s a credit to Barratt Developments’ Armed Forces Transition Programme for us to have won these awards.