Barratt Developments, which includes both Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, will be offering education to young adults across the North East with the launch of its Barratt Homes Construction Academy.

This will take place within the award-winning facility, the Beacon of Light, in Sunderland.

Supporting Sunderland charity, Foundation of Light, the Barratt Homes Construction Academy is launching a wide range of educational programmes that will help its participants gain work-ready qualifications and practical experience within the construction sector this coming September.

As well as raising awareness of the varied and diverse roles that are available within construction, this new initiative will create a pipeline of talented young people who will possess the right skills for the next generation of the construction industry. In addition to bridging the construction skills gap and creating education opportunities across the North East, Barratt Homes Construction Academy will also encourage participants to be proactive in their career development. This will involve offering further education and training opportunities, work placements, apprenticeships or even employment with Barratt Homes.

Carl Sobolewski, Managing Director of Barratt Developments North East, commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to be launching Barratt Homes Construction Academy with Foundation of Light this September. It’s a wonderful opportunity to support young people across the North East, helping to train the next generation of housebuilders. We look forward to seeing the academy come to life later this year and we strongly encourage anyone who is interested to apply.”

Phil King, Commercial Director at Foundation of Light, commented: “We’re over the moon to be supported by the Barratt Homes Construction Academy at the Beacon of Light. It’s a wonderful scheme that will produce fantastic results with all those involved, and we look forward to seeing the future generations of the construction industry develop right here in the heart of Sunderland.”