Join as a Trainee Site Manager or Trainee Quantity Surveyor and build the future you want.

We’re looking for our next generation of leaders to keep us at the forefront of the housing industry and help build the homes that Britain needs. That’s why we’re collaborating with Sheffield Hallam University to offer paid-for degree programmes where you can work on real projects while you study to become a future Site Manager or Quantity Surveyor. If you’re ambitious, driven, and want to go straight into work without sacrificing your education then this is the programme for you. 

The five-year programme provides the essential combination of university learning and hands-on work that will set you up for a bright future in one of Britain’s most exciting industries. You’ll spend time rotating through other departments so you have a full understanding of how we work and how this impacts your role. For a detailed overview, click here.

You’ll spend most of your time working on real projects, learning by doing and making a real difference for our customers. Throughout the year, in four one-week blocks, you’ll build on what you’ve learned in practice with specific university teaching to help you get your degree from Sheffield Hallam. Your technical development will be supported by a dedicated, senior mentor who will always be on-hand to provide guidance and help you apply your learning. 

It’s an unparalleled opportunity to join our industry at one of its most exciting times. We need more and more housing and this programme will put you in the position to lead the way.


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Which programme is right for you?

Sponsored Construction Degree

This programme will train you up to become a future Site Manager; making sure that our buildings get built to a high-quality and as efficiently as possible. If you want to be on-site, delivering against targets and taking ownership over entire developments then this programme is for you.

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Sponsored Commercial Degree 

This programme will train you up to become a future Quantity Surveyor; looking after the commercial side of our business. You’ll work in the office and have time on-site, managing sub-contractors while also preparing and monitoring site costs and conducting build cost analysis and budgeting in order to make sure we have all the services and materials we need to build quality homes.

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Why do a degree?

We’re serious about training the next generation of leaders and your university learning will make sure you’re equipped to take our industry forward. The course varies depending on your programme but you’ll cover everything from management skills to construction regulation and/or buying processes to real-life case studies. This is not learning for learning’s sake. We’ve designed this course to complement what you do in your role and give you skills and knowledge that you will use for the rest of your career.

To qualify 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

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for ambitious, driven people who can show the potential to meet high-quality standards and give customers what they need. You’ll need to demonstrate you can make the most of the education on offer as well.

More experienced entrants without formal qualifications will be considered on merit, taking into account such factors as your work experience, including skills gained from the Armed Forces, and previous qualifications.

Your personal qualities are extremely important. Our team are not one type of person. We value diversity, but we do look for candidates who can demonstrate the qualities that will help them succeed. The experience you bring could be drawn from hobbies, study, part-time work, volunteering or your personal life. Think carefully about how you match up to our competencies and see our article here for more advice on applying.

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.


As well as the ultimate head start in a competitive industry and a well-respected degree, we pay well and offer a generous, flexible reward package. You’ll be paid between £19,000 and £24,000 depending on location and experience but this is negotiable for high performers who can demonstrate previous leadership experience (such as ex-Armed Forces or career changers).

We also recognise your contribution through our awards. Examples include the highly respected NHBC Pride in the Job scheme as well as formal recognition of Individual and Team Excellence. Prizes include cash awards up to £5,000. You can also be nominated for excellent university performance.


Our benefits include:

  • 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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