Barratt Homes, one of the UK’s best-known housebuilders, recently hosted a special event for young people to attract them to a career in the new homes industry.
Building Futures, taking place at Bailbrook House on the outskirts of the city of Bath, was organised by young people from Barratt’s graduate programme – Olivia Murphy, Dan Coleman, George Kimber, Chris Annett, Alex Whitton and Jasmine Sommers. They saw it as a way to help change the current skills gap situation in the housebuilding industry and the low proportion of women who consider working in this sector.
The day was aimed at 16- to 18-year-old people considering their working future, offering them a range of speakers conveying their own paths into the business, and some activities for the day’s guests to try their hands at. As a result of this, a number of attendees from the well-attended event quickly applied for work experience with the company.
George Kimber, one of the organisers, says: “It’s so rewarding to know that we’ve inspired these young people to the point where they’re coming to us asking for work experience. Personally, I think the construction industry is a great one to work in. There are so many different roles from the office to site and there’s definitely more to it than bricks and muddy boots. I’m pleased we’ve got that message across in a fun way.”
Chris Burton, managing director for Barratt Developments in the South West of England, says of the young organisers of the event: “They’re a shining example of how our employees are motivated and go the extra mile to help others. Construction is a fun and rewarding industry to work in and I’m pleased to see our graduates are helping to spread the word.”