Sheffield university course is a first

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Staff from a major construction company are to boost their skills at Sheffield Hallam University - taking a new type of course that is a first for their industry.

Three site managers from Barratt Homes will be taking a specially designed foundation degree in residential development and construction to help cope with the growing demand for new homes across the country.

Steven Hallam, aged 32, Keith Grayson, 27, and Tony Pawlaczyk, 28, trainees working in the north midlands, will be some of the first to go on the programme.

Their boss John Dillon said: “This degree is a first for us and for the industry. Our site managers are a vital part of our workforce in underpinning the quality and sustainability of the homes we build.

“They are constantly facing new challenges, such as the increasingly technical build processes, so we’re investing in our people today for future growth.

“We have taken on 25 new trainees as a result of this scheme, and they are already proving to be great assets to their divisions.”