Former forces personnel in Swindon are being given the opportunity to get ahead in a new career as leading house-builder Barratt Developments launches a recruitment campaign.
Following a successful campaign to recruit Ex Forces personnel for its local division in 2015 the company has opened applications for its brand-new Trainee Assistant Site Manager Programme for the Forces Community, which has been specially designed for former forces personnel.
Starting in September 2016 the programme will support ex- servicemen and women by providing an extensive 12-month training programme which will kick-start their career in construction. The programme will involve on-the-job training and study through the Barratt Training Academy, preparing them for the role of assistant site manager.
Russell Glimstead (pictured), managing director of Barratt Homes in Swindon, says the skills developed by members of the armed forces make them perfect for management roles in the thriving construction industry. “We find former armed service personnel have strong leadership and management skills, as well as an ability to think outside the box, work under pressure and maintain the very highest of standards. They’re all the attributes that make a top site or project manager,” he said.
“This isn’t just a short-term opportunity either. We really do see our site managers and project managers of the future on this programme and there will be plenty of opportunities for those who are passionate and ambitious to have a very successful career with Barratt.”
Barratt Developments has long been a supporter of the UK’s current and former service personnel. A number of employees who took part in one of the first Trainee Assistant Site Manager programmes, which was launched in 2015, are now progressing in their careers and studying on the Barratt Foundation Degree Programme, a bespoke programme which is run in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.
Russell concluded: “We’re truly committed to supporting all armed forces personnel and the transition into civilian life. They bring unique skills and experience to our business and work to extremely high standards that are in line with our values.”
Prospective candidates can find out more about the programme and apply online at www.barrattcareers.co.uk. Applications close on 31 July.