Our apprenticeship and trainee programmes in Technical or Commercial will give you the skills and professional qualifications to enjoy a career that could take you right up to Director level.

Starting in September each year, the programme combines on and off-the-job training to learn the technical elements of the role with industry-leading further study. All of this together means you’ll have the foundations for an exciting and rewarding career with Barratt at the forefront of one of the most exciting industries in Britain. 

You will choose to specialise in one of the following: quantity surveying, engineering, buying, or design. Whichever you pick, you’ll be treated as an important part of the future of Barratt. You’ll have a dedicated coach to guide and work with you day-to-day to give you the technical knowledge you need and regular reviews with your manager to make sure you’re reaching your potential. These will complement opportunities to make a real difference, on real projects every day. 

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We also provide one of the most generous benefits packages in the industry, including: 

  • At least 22 days leave
  • Sick pay
  • Pension
  • Accident and Life Cover
  • Tools and protective equipment
  • Staff discount on house purchase
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Construction Worker Helpline
  • Health and wellbeing toolkit
  • Bupa Health and Wellbeing Services
  • My Barratt Staff Shop (discounts and high street vouchers)

Our My Barratt Benefits scheme also allows you to swap part of your salary for a range of benefits:

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To join this programme, you’ll need to be:

  • 16+, with 5 GCSEs A*-C /Grade 4-9 (including Maths and English) 
  • Able to deal equally effectively with numbers and a wide range of people 
  • Commercially astute
  • Full of energy, initiative and commitment

Are you an Advanced Apprentice, Higher Apprentice or trainee?

Advanced Apprentice

If you hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at grade C /4 or above, or A-Levels, you’ll join on a two-to-three-year apprenticeship. You'll be combining on-the-job experience with further study via day or block release at a local college, working towards an S/NVQ Level 3 and a BTEC Level 3 in a Construction Contracting Operations Pathway to gain your Advanced Apprenticeship in your chosen specialism.

Higher Apprentice or Trainee

If you have already studied at a higher level than an Advanced Apprenticeship, we can support your professional development. That could be through a Higher Apprenticeship, day release at college or, depending on your prior qualifications, through our Sponsored Degree Programme.

Which specialism is right for you?

Technical team – Engineering & Design

In this team you’ll train as an Engineer or an Architectural Assistant and get involved in all aspects of housing design and innovation. We have a huge variety of developments across the UK and all of them have unique problems to solve. In this team, you’ll use your technical skills to help prepare the design programme, respond to site queries and ensure that drawings are in accordance with the approved planning scheme.

We are committed to building sustainability so you’ll need to be innovative and enjoy finding solutions in a thought-provoking setting. Find out more about the role of the Design team here

Commercial team – Quantity Surveying & Buying

Our Commercial team, comprising of Estimators, Quantity Surveyors and Material Buyers has one objective: to deliver the best quality homes, at the best possible cost. Their work is fundamental to our business and presents a fast-moving challenge where you’ll use your creativity and commercial flair to the full.

The role will require you to demonstrate your organisational skills as you undertake accurate viability and feasibility studies to support how we choose which sites to buy and develop. You’ll help manage the supply of materials and labour for sites, prepare tenders and reporting, as well as assist the Surveyors with their day-to-day duties. Find out more about the role of the Commercial team here


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Our vacancies and locations for this programme vary each year. To find out this year’s locations and roles, please check on the application form by clicking ‘Search jobs'. If you want to find out more about our different locations, visit our ‘Locations’ section.

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How to apply

1. Applications open

Applications will be open between February and June for a September start, although some locations close their vacancies early so you are advised to apply as soon as possible.

2. Apply online

Search and apply for the programme below, and make sure to attach your CV.

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3. Attend an interview

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview at our local office to discuss your application further.