Barratt Developments has appointed Barney Munn as its first marketing apprentice in Exeter as the company continues to expand in the South West of England under its Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands.
Barney is 18-years-old, lives near Collumpton and was studying at Exeter College. He is certain that an apprenticeship in marketing is preferable to going to university. He will spend four days a week in the office, with a focus on digital aspects of the job, and the fifth studying for his NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Marketing.
Barratt Exeter’s marketing manager Alex Jones says of the new recruit: “This is a really exciting opportunity for Barney and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team. As a high-performing business we’re keen to work with people like Barney who are looking to develop a career in a challenging and rapidly developing industry.”
Barney speaks to us about starting his career and his ambitions for the future.
Barney, what inspired you to consider marketing?
I’ve always been interested in advertising and the media and is why I chose to study media at college. I’m also quite a creative person and think that marketing is one of the branches within business where you can be creative in your work. I also like the idea of experimenting and seeing what marketing methods are most effective with the target audience.
What is it that you like about the apprenticeship route?
The main thing that made me choose an apprenticeship over going to university was the opportunity to gain experience. The experience I can gain within full-time work in my chosen field is invaluable. It will be an enjoyable and productive way to spend my time but will also improve my career prospects for the future. In addition, I can start earning as well as gain a qualification at the end of my contract – it’s excellent!
What is it about housebuilding that interests you?
I see housebuilding as a very stable line of business as people will always need houses. They are not a gimmick or passing trend, but a solid, long-lasting product. It also seems to be a fulfilling line of work, really making a difference to people’s lives – buying a house is such a significant aspect of someone’s life, and I find it exciting that I can be a part of that.
What do you like about Barratt Developments as a potential career?
I’m very excited about starting a career with Barratt. They are a well-established company, one of the UK’s biggest housebuilders, and, although I’ve only been working here for five days, they seem to treat their employees well. There is a very friendly working environment here and it seems that the company is keen to invest in young people like myself and provide a lot of training opportunities which I can utilise in the future.