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Apprentice Carpenter - Barratt Homes



5th February 2024

Employer description

Barratt Homes have been nationally recognised as a 5 star house builder thirteen years in a row, that’s more than any other major house builder. This is because we combine the brightest minds, the latest technology, and a genuine commitment to putting customers first. We want the best people in the industry to help us shape the future of building.

You will be working with experienced trade specialists towards gaining a nationally recognised apprenticeship qualification through on and off the job training. Once you’re accepted, you’ll start an 18-month structured Intermediate Apprenticeship, that’s at least 6 months quicker than other programmes.

Main description

You’ll learn both on the job and during intensive residential training weeks at college. All accommodation, travel and subsistence is paid for during the block weeks and you’ll start off with three weeks in college, returning home each weekend. This will prepare you to fully contribute as soon as you get on site.

You will then return to college approximately every 20 weeks, for a two-week block of intensive training. 

During your apprenticeship, you will be expected to complete the Barratt Training Manual along with your site and college work within agreed time limits and standards. You will need to be consistent at gathering quality work-based evidence, work with your colleagues to learn and develop your trade skills and communicate politely with lecturers, customers and colleagues.

On a typical day you will be required to:

Safely use and maintain hand tools
Safely use and maintain portable power tools
Safely use and maintain other equipment

Training provided

This apprenticeship will give you the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work as a Site Carpenter and will include the following:

  • Health and safety to include Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, Manual Handling and Working at Height Regulations, use of PPE etc.
  • Principles of building construction terminology and components, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and environmental and sustainability considerations
  • Interpreting and producing relevant information from drawings, specifications and work instructions including the basic principles of Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Understand the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with timber and timber-based products and components
  • How to use hand and power tools including portable circular saws, drills, saws, planers, routers, sanders, multi-functional tools and nail guns
  • How to carry out first fixing work including timber frames and linings, timber coverings, flat roof decking, timber stud partitions, straight flights of stairs and installing handrails and spindles to straight flights of stairs
  • How to carry out second fixing work including installation of service encasements, cladding, wall and floor units, mouldings, side hung doors and ironmongery
  • How to create structural carcassing work, how to erect trussed rafter roofs, how to construct gables, verge and eaves, how to install floor joists and coverings
  • You will also produce a portfolio of evidence demonstrating examples of your work throughout the apprenticeship
  • Attendance at York College on block release basis.  The qualification achieved will be Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship level 2.

Entry requirements

GCSE or equivalent English, Maths and one other (Grade 3/D) Essential

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Physical fitness

Things to consider

We welcome applicants who live within a 45 minute public transport commute from our site/office locations, or one hour by your own transport.

Future prospects

Once you’ve completed your Intermediate Apprenticeship, there are plenty more options available to you. If you’re as ambitious as we think you are, you may want to continue for a further year with our Advanced Apprenticeship.

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 31/07/2024




This job is located in Norwich, Norfolk

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