Justin Tranmere is celebrating 17 years with Barratt Homes – and showing the next generation how an apprenticeship can be the springboard to a career.
He started as an apprentice with the company’s Yorkshire West division in August 2000, climbing the career ladder within the company to a trainee and assistant quantity surveyor, before progressing to quantity surveyor and senior quantity surveyor levels
Building a wealth of business and industry knowledge over 15 years, Justin progressed to his Commercial Manager role two years ago and is now responsible for managing members of the commercial team, allowing them to them to meet deadlines in terms of payments, valuations and procurement – all of which are crucial to the department
Additionally, the role requires Justin to maintain strong relationships with local suppliers and sub-contractors – an area of vital importance to Barratt, as the company has invested more than £50 million in the local economy through sub-contractors over the past financial year
Justin said: “The opportunities my apprenticeship with Barratt afforded me were fantastic and the training I received afterwards really gave me a great understanding of the work that a housebuilder does, and how many different professions come together to deliver what we do. For anybody wanting to get into the construction industry I can’t recommend an apprenticeship enough – it has led me to a brilliant career with Barratt.”
The recent launch of Barratt’s 2017 apprenticeship scheme strengthens Barratt’s reputation for excellent staff progression, with a number of departments in the company boasting senior team members that have risen from entry level positions. Within the commercial department, Justin and another member of staff have progressed up the ranks from entry level positions, while a further apprentice is set to be appointed later this year. There are also two apprentices in the department currently in their first and second years of initial training.”