Degree is a first for housebuilding group

Amy Nettleship and Darren Thornton will be among the first employees of the housebuilder's parent group, Barratt, to study for a bespoke Foundation Degree in Residential Development and Construction at Sheffield Hallam University.
Amy Nettleship and Darren Thornton will be among the first employees of the housebuilder's parent group, Barratt, to study for a bespoke Foundation Degree in Residential Development and Construction at Sheffield Hallam University.
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Two trainees from a Doncaster development are among the first students on a pioneering degree course developed by Barratt subsidiary David Wilson Homes and Sheffield Hallam University.

Trainee assistant site managers Amy Nettleship and Darren Thornton are studying for a bespoke Foundation Degree in Residential Development and Construction.

The three-year part-time degree has been designed specifically for Barratt employees and will be followed by a one and a half year top-up course, leading to a BSc in Residential Development and Construction.

David Wilson Homes’s managing director, Paul Newman, said: “This degree is a first for us and for the industry.

“The sector and market is constantly changing and evolving and therefore our workforce face new challenges in terms of the increasingly technical build processes, so we’re investing in our people today for future growth. Amy and Darren are two of 25 new Trainee Assistant Site Managers across the group and are already proving to be a great asset to our division.”