Land and Planning Department Career Pathway
- Development Director
- Head of Development
- Senior Land Manager
- Land Manager
- Senior Land Buyer
- Land Buyer
- Assistant Land Buyer
- Trainee Land Buyer
Our Degree Apprenticeship in Real Estate will give the experience, training and support you need to become a future Land Buyer or Land Manager. As a Land Buyer or Land Manager, you’ll source the best land in the right locations, helping us to create great homes with a positive legacy.
Our Land and Planning teams identify and assess development opportunities in a competitive and fast-paced field. From greenfield garden villages to smaller brownfield regeneration projects, you’ll negotiate with sellers to get the best possible deal. Key duties will involve identifying and appraising new opportunities; analysing target locations; working collaboratively with local planning authorities; assessing environmental constraints; and expanding the local contact base. From the land appraisal and bid process to the purchase, planning application and pre-start on site, you’ll work closely with the Sales, Technical and Commercial teams. You’ll also keep local communities informed and ensure that the developments are sustainable and have a positive long-term impact.
Land and Planning is a fast-moving environment, so you’ll need to be happy working at speed. Imaginative thinking and a strong business sense will be key to making sound decisions. You’ll need to be great at assessing risk, building relationships and solving problems.
Your university modules will provide academic teaching on best practice, regulation and everything an exceptional professional needs to master. By the time you’ve completed the programme, we hope you’ll be successfully purchasing new land. Your degree will equip you with the latest information about property development and planning; valuation; portfolio investment; plus people and management skills. For a detailed overview including course length, click here.
Our apprenticeship awards an industry-recognised qualification:
You’ll join as a Trainee Land Buyer and start your journey along the land and planning department career pathway from day one alongside your academic studies. Promotion in the role is based on your performance on the job, and so even before you’ve completed your degree, we’d expect you to become a qualified Assistant Land Buyer or Land Buyer. From there, the future is yours. We’re an ageing workforce and one of our key reasons for creating this programme is to support people to become leaders of the future. That could be as a Senior Land Buyer, or into a Land Manager or Development Director role.
We have submitted an application to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Residential Real Estate, which you will acquire upon completion of your Degree Apprenticeship to be an accredited degree. We hope this process will be complete by December 2022. Subject to our application being accepted, if you are interested in becoming a chartered member of the RICS following completion of your degree, we will provide support and funding in helping you achieve this accreditation.Search & apply
To join a Degree Apprenticeship, you must have a keen interest in customer expectation and commercial needs. It’s a big commitment: you’ll need manage real work in the office and on-site while furthering your education.
To qualify for a Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll need the following:
We consider alternative qualifications on merit. These include a Level 3 Surveying Technician Apprenticeship, or a combination of qualifications and experience from an Armed Forces or other professional background.
You’re well-rounded with the initiative to make decisions and the awareness to understand how they will impact the wider business.
You understand the importance of customer satisfaction and you’re always looking to improve their experience.
You work well with people and understand the importance of teamwork, account for differences in personalities, and value honest, open feedback.
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.
You work tirelessly to achieve objectives; thinking laterally, overcoming challenges, resolving issues and delivering.
You adapt positively to new challenges and don’t mind stepping out of your comfort zone, especially to improve yourself and the business.
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.
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 September and January, 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.
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.
Presentation exercises and final interviews will take place from November onwards with a Director from your local office. Here’s what to expect from your final interview.
Successful applicants will receive their offers from December onwards. From January onwards, you’ll begin an in-house training programme, equipping you with core and technical knowledge. This’ll take place with the Land and Planning team and other areas of business, plus rotations with specialist partners. Through training, you’ll earn the practical experience you need to achieve your Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) end point assessment. We’ll also help you prepare for University-eligibility activities.
This will include:
You can find out more about the Sheffield Hallam University eligibility process here.
Subject to successful completion of the University eligibility exercises, you’ll start your course at Sheffield Hallam University in January 2023*.
*The delivery of the Degree Apprenticeship in Real Estate by Sheffield Hallam University is subject to validation. This process will be complete around May 2022.