Our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in Technical will give you all the experience, training and support you need to work towards becoming a future Technical Co-ordinator, Technical Project Manager or Designer who ensure each home is tailored to local design code with carefully engineered structures and placemaking, aligning with our 'Great Places' ethos. As you progress through our 5* company, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of schemes, working with internal designers and engineers, through to urban designers and planners.

Our Technical team bridge the gap between the Land, Quantity Surveying and Construction departments, managing and leading sites from purchase through to construction, and require detailed technical design knowledge and an understanding of civil engineering. As part of the Technical team, key duties can include: selecting materials and housetypes for schemes, reviewing floor plans and layouts, investigating topographical levels and highways, developing sustainable drainage strategies and adopting modern methods of construction (MMC) in your design solutions. Your role will combine both office and site working environments, with a need to adapt to various design requirements and needs of both your team and the construction team.

In this role, you will need to efficiently relay any design changes to various departments, and develop essential project management skills, particularly when working alongside external consultants. You will become an essential part of Barratt Developments' drive towards a zero carbon future by 2030, using innovative approaches to cost-effective design developments such as: timber-frame construction, spantherm and airtight insulation. We are looking for enthusiastic people who are willing to learn, expanding on their creativity and analytical approaches which are integral when delivering high-quality designed homes.

Your university modules provide academic teaching on best practice, regulation and everything an exceptional Technical professional needs to know to become a master of your craft. 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 most up-to-date information about modern methods of construction, sustainable building techniques as well as the people and management skills you need to grow professionally. For a detailed overview, including course length, click here

Both of our apprenticeships award industry-recognised qualifications:

  • Cert HE Professional Practice in Technical Design and Management for completion of our Higher Apprenticeship  
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Technical Design and Management for completion of our Degree Apprenticeship

If you successfully complete the Higher Apprenticeship then you will be automatically enrolled onto the Degree Apprenticeship in the next academic year, however if you already possess the relevant entry criteria for the Degree Apprenticeship then you can start on this programme immediately.

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£19,000 to £24,000 (negotiable with more experience)


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

  • Paid tuition fees
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Long service accrual holidays up to 28 days
  • Ability to buy and sell holiday
  • Staff discount on house purchase
  • Sick pay
  • Pension
  • Death in Service
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Construction Worker Helpline
  • Range of enhanced family friendly policies
  • Bupa Health and Wellbeing Services
  • My Barratt Staff Shop (discount and high street vouchers)

In addition, with the My Barratt Benefits scheme you can sacrifice some of your salary for a range of benefits.

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To join either of these apprenticeships, you must have the potential to focus on customer expectation and commercial needs, and understand the level of commitment that will be required from you to successfully manage working alongside 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

On completion of the Higher Apprenticeship you will automatically be enrolled onto the Degree Apprenticeship.

More experienced entrants without formal qualifications will be considered on merit, taking into account factors such as their 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 customers and always look 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 to improve yourself and the business.

Why Barratt?

We have achieved 5 star housebuilder status and are the only major housebuilder to have been awarded the maximum 5 star rating for twelve years in a row. It's also the 16th year our Site Managers have won more NHBC Pride in the Job Awards than any other housebuilder. Since 2018, 43 of our team have graduated with a BSc (Hons) Residential Development and Construction having spent five years on our programme. There is no better place to learn from the best and get your career off to the best possible start.


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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

Remember, selection is a two-way process. We want to find out more about you. But it’s equally important you find out about us too.

Applications will be open between March and July, although some locations close their vacancies early so you are recommended 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. Video interview

If you are successful, you will be invited to participate in a video interview, where you will be asked questions about your key skills, commercial awareness and motivations.

4. University eligibility activities

If you are successful at the Video Interview stage, you will complete a series of activities to check your eligibility against the entry criteria. This will include:

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

5. Final interview

Final interviews will take place from May onwards, with a Director from your local office.

6. Job offer

Successful applicants will receive their offers from May onwards.

7. Start your job

Start your job with us from October onwards, and your induction at Sheffield Hallam University the following January.

The delivery of the Technical Degree Apprenticeship by Sheffield Hallam University is subject to validation. This process will be complete around May 2021.