Barratt Developments Yorkshire East Celebrates Ex-service Staff This Armed Forces Day

Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, which includes both the Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, is celebrating Armed Forces Day, 30th June, by sharing the success of previous recruits through the Armed Forces scheme.

Barratt Developments is keen to support the UK’s armed forces and those who are eager to start a career in housebuilding. There are many transferable skills these recruits possess such as team leadership, project management and organisation, which are ideal to bring to the construction industry.

A recent ex-Armed Forces recruit, Stuart Handy, who joined the scheme as a Trainee Assistant Site Manager, is now an Assistant Site Manager at The Chocolate Works development, and shares his experience of the programme, which now sees him managing one of the housebuilder’s busiest and most iconic sites.

“I have been an Assistant Site Manager with the company for two years, and I currently work on the award-winning development, The Chocolate Works. My daily activities include supervising the plot production of a non-standard housetype and luxury apartment blocks, as well as ordering materials and maintaining the health and safety records.

“I joined the Armed Forces at the age of 18, where I served in the Royal Air Force for 31 years. After a successful career, I felt that I wasn’t being faced with any more challenges, which is why I left under the position of Warrant Officer.

“Leaving the military was certainly a daunting and uncertain time, but joining the construction industry provided me with the academic and practical challenges that I’d been looking for.

“I would encourage anybody who is considering a career in construction to do the same, as the industry offers many new challenges, different skills and the chance to work with a wide variety of people.”

Barratt Developments’ Armed Forces recruitment programme launched in 2016, after identifying that many ex-forces personnel possess the skills and expertise that are in high demand within the housebuilding industry. The programme teaches essential construction skills, people management and self-development, building on applicants’ existing skills gained during careers in the Army, Navy or RAF. During the 12-month programme, recruits will be working across a number of areas, including supporting the Site Manager in coordinating trades, labour and materials to meet production deadlines.

Paul Newman, Managing Director at Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, said: “We’re very proud of the fantastic work our Armed Forces do and are pleased to be able to help ex-service men and women in any way we can. This Armed Forces Day, we’re proud to share the success of our talented workers, such as Stuart, and we’re delighted to have four Assistant Site Managers across the region who are ex-Armed Forces. We look forward to welcoming a new intake of recruits, who will play a vital role in building high-quality homes across the region in 2019.”

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