Our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in Construction will provide you with the experience, training and support needed to become a future Site Manager. Site Managers ensure that our developments are built to the highest quality as efficiently as possible. As a leading housebuilder, we work on around 350 developments in both towns and rural areas across the UK: each with its unique challenges.

Our Site Managers deliver solutions to these challenges: ordering materials, managing big projects, ensuring health and safety and delivering exceptional customer service. And you’ll help them do just that. You’ll assist in leading the development of the site through to completion; co-ordinating trades; and directing labour and materials, all while meeting a challenging schedule, within budget, and with a focus on quality and customers. We need people who can bring fresh ideas and insight while managing people, budgets and costs.

Your university modules will provide academic teaching on best practice, regulation and everything an exceptional Site Manager needs to master. By the time you’ve finished the programme, we hope you’ll be running a site of your own. By completing your degree, you’ll be equipped with the latest information about modern construction methods, sustainable building techniques, as well as people and management skills. For a detailed overview including course length, click here.  

Our Apprenticeships award two industry-recognised qualifications:

  • Cert HE Professional Practice in Residential Development and Construction for completion of our Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4)
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Residential Development and Construction for completion of our Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6)

You’ll start on the Higher Apprenticeship unless you already meet the criteria for a Degree Apprenticeship. We want all Apprentices to complete the Degree Apprenticeship, so if you successfully complete the Higher Apprenticeship, then you’ll be automatically enrolled onto the Degree Apprenticeship in the following academic year.

How will I develop?

You’ll join as a Trainee Assistant Site Manager and start your journey along the construction department career pathway from day one alongside your academic studies. Promotion in the role is based on your performance on-site, and so even before you’ve completed your degree, we’d expect you to become a qualified Assistant Site Manager or Site Manager. From there, the future is yours. We’re an ageing workforce and one of our key reasons for creating this programme is to support our people to become leaders of the future. That could be on-site as a Senior Site Manager, or into a Contracts Manager, Project Manager or Construction Director role.

Construction Department Career Pathway

Degree Apprenticeship

  1. Construction Director
  2. Head of Construction
  3. Contracts Manager/Project Manager
  4. Senior Site Manager
  5. Site Manager
  6. Assistant Site Manager
  7. Trainee Assistant Site Manager

Professional Qualifications

The BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Residential Development and Construction, which you will acquire upon completion of your Degree Apprenticeship is an accredited degree with the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). If you are interested in becoming a chartered member of the CIOB, RICS or CABE following completion of your degree, we will provide support and funding in helping you achieve this accreditation.

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To join a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship, you must have a keen interest in customer expectation and commercial needs. It’s a big commitment: you’ll need to manage real work on-site while furthering your education.

To qualify for a Higher Apprenticeship you’ll need one of the following:

  • One A-Level and four GCSEs (C or above, or Grade 4-9) including Maths and English
  • BTEC National Qualification
  • Advanced Diploma in Construction or Built Environment
  • Other access or foundation courses

Those completing the Higher Apprenticeship will automatically be enrolled onto the Degree Apprenticeship following completion. However, if you possess one of the following then you may be able to join the Degree Apprenticeship programme directly:

  • A Cert HE in a Construction related subject
  • HNC in Construction or equivalent qualifications
  • Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

More experienced entrants without formal qualifications will be considered on merit, accounting for factors such as work experience, previous qualifications or skills gained from the Armed Forces.

Our competencies

1. Big picture focus.

You’re well-rounded with the initiative to make decisions and the awareness to understand how they will impact the wider business.

2. Putting the customer first.

You understand the importance of customer satisfaction and you’re always looking to improve their experience.

3. Engage others to deliver.

You work well with people and understand the importance of teamwork, the difference in team members, and the value of honest, open feedback.

4. Builds relationships.

A confident communicator in any situation, you’re sensitive to other people’s views, but can present your own in a positive and persuasive manner.

5. Focused on success.

You’ll work tirelessly to achieve objectives; thinking laterally, overcoming challenges, resolving issues and delivering.

6. Drives change and continuous improvement.

You adapt positively to new challenges and don’t mind stepping out of your comfort zone, especially if it’s to improve yourself and the business.

Why Barratt?

Join Barratt, and you’ll join the best of the best. We have 5 star housebuilder status, and are the only major housebuilder to have been awarded this 5 star rating for twelve years in a row. What’s more, for the past seventeen years, our Site Managers have won more NHBC Pride in the Job Awards than any other housebuilder’s. And since 2018, 55 of our team have graduated with a BSc (Hons). If you’re looking to build a lasting career, there’s no better place to learn.


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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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Application process

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Remember, selection is a two-way process. We want to find out more about you, but you need to ask about us too. Applications open between February and June, although we’d recommend you apply as soon as possible, as some locations close their vacancies early.

Search and apply for the programme using the link below, ensuring that you attach your CV. Here are some additional hints and tips on submitting a great application.

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If successful, you’ll be invited to participate in a video interview, where you’ll be asked about your key skills, commercial awareness and motivations. Here are some ​​​​​hints and tips on how to prepare for your video interview.

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If successful at the video interview stage, you’ll complete a University application to check your eligibility against the entry criteria.

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Final interviews will take place from May onwards with a Director from your local office. Here’s what to expect from your final interview.

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Successful applicants will receive their offers from May onwards. We’ll also help you complete the remainder of your University eligibility activities, which include:

  • A self-assessment of your current knowledge, skills and behaviour
  • A functional skills review
  • A conversation with a Work-Based Learning Coach

You can find out more about the Sheffield Hallam University eligibility process here.

You’ll start your job with us from October, with your induction at Sheffield Hallam University taking place the following January.

Still have questions?

Head over to our FAQ page and take a look at the Higher and Degree Apprentices section