Course lays foundation for career in building

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A housebuilder has started a degree for its site managers, the first of its kind in the industry.

David Wilson Homes has started the Residential Development and Construction degree in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University.

Nineteen-year-old Daniel Jackson, from Woodford near Kettering, is an apprentice carpenter and soon-to-be trainee assistant site manager working at the company’s Mulberry Gardens development in Moulton. He is one of two employees in the South Midlands division to go through the bespoke foundation degree course.

Daniel said: “I’m currently doing my NVQ Level 3 in carpentry and when I decided I wanted to become a site manager, I spoke to the construction manager about my options.

“He offered me the opportunity to do the foundation degree and I jumped at the chance.

“I’ve still got a few months before I finish my apprenticeship, but I’ve already started taking the foundation degree course at Sheffield Hallam University and I’m really enjoying it.”

David Wilson Homes is part of Barratt Developments, which has pledged to take on 1,100 graduates, apprentices and trainees over the next three years.