Development Manager Apprentice (Design & Build) - 2024

  • McCarthy Stone
  • Altrincham, Trafford
  • £18500 per annum

McCarthy Stone are looking for a Development Manager Apprentice to join their Northern Team working in their Altrincham office. Their exciting and innovative Apprenticeship Programme is designed to attract and develop a diverse range of talented individuals who will contribute to the continued growth and success of their business.

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  • GMFJ Reference
  • Wages
    £18,500 p/a
  • Hours
    37.00 per week
  • Date Posted
  • Start Date
  • Approx. Duration
    36 months + EPA

  • Location
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
  • Opportunity Type
    Higher Level 4
  • Employer
    McCarthy Stone


Starting in September 2024, this role will be both challenging and rewarding with exposure to a fast paced, vibrant environment. By the end of your three-year apprenticeship, you'll have the initial skills and knowledge needed for a career in construction design and build along with practical experience and a nationally recognised qualification.

Being part of a cohort of apprentices across the UK, you’ll be supported every step of the way by your manager, our training provider, and a workplace mentor. In addition to this you’ll have wrap-around support from the Early Careers Lead. You’ll get dedicated time to focus on achieving your Level 4 apprenticeship qualification which will set you up for future success.

Your Responsibilities:

What is a Development Manager?

A Development Manager is responsible for coordinating all of the design work required during construction projects. They manage the production of technical drawings and plans used to build a structure. The design team bring together architects, structural and service engineers, along with specialist designers and BIM technicians, to create coordinated designs which can be used during the build and aid maintenance of the structure once complete.

Some of the key tasks include:

  • Motivating and encouraging internal and external design teams
  • Ensuring structural drawings and designs are produced on time, to a high quality, and are easy to decipher
  • Overseeing the design process using technical expertise
  • Identification of health and safety risks in the design of projects
  • Avoiding errors and reducing financial risk during construction
  • Ensuring designs are available to those who need them, at the appropriate time
  • Maintaining thorough documentation of the design process
  • Keeping up-to-date with changing building legislation and codes of practice relating to design
  • Assisting commercial teams with the monitoring of costs on a construction project

An insight into the apprenticeship role:

You will be shadowing the Development team, gaining a better understanding of the role. You will be allocated tasks, attend meetings with internal and external stakeholders allowing you to further your knowledge and expand your network.

Over the course of your apprenticeship, you will be given more and more responsibilities, eventually having responsibility for specific tasks. You will keep a daily diary of events and your learnings. Communicating and liaising effectively with colleagues.

The Apprentice Programme

We create an environment which fosters the conditions for all members to give their best each day. You will have opportunities to help you to develop, for your own benefit and for the benefit of McCarthy Stone. You will work in an environment where you can fulfil your personal potential, with the support you need to put yourself into a learning mode and the experience and challenges to help you grow. Including:

  • Regular reviews with your training provider, line manager and workplace mentor, in addition to wrap-around support from the Early Careers Lead.
  • Joining a team of apprentices across the country developing and supporting each other.
  • A Level 4 qualification in Construction and Built Environment that meets the knowledge requirements of the standard and is approved by the industry’s recognised professional bodies meeting the educational requirements for Technician status or the equivalent level of membership. It will take up to 36-months to complete this.
  • English and Maths; apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.
  • One-day each week will be dedicated entirely to lectures and studying for your Apprenticeship qualification. The apprenticeship will be delivered by our provider via blended learning, combining online lectures and tri-annual training weeks delivered face to face.
  • You'll be encouraged to take ownership and responsibility. We challenge the status quo and empower everyone to share ideas – if you think there's a better way of doing things, we'll be all ears.

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You will be:

  • Enthusiastic with a genuine interest in pursuing a career within construction design and build.
  • Willing to learn, be self-motivated and organised. You are always improving, open and curious, you learn from your mistakes and are not afraid to fail.
  • Committed to our organisation’s goals and values. You’re motivated to contribute to the team’s success, and you have a sense of how our homes help our customers increase their wellbeing and happiness in later life.
  • Able to work collaboratively within a team and communicate effectively
  • Computer literate and have experience in Microsoft Office software.
  • Located within a commutable distance from our office in Altrincham.

You will have:

  • 2 A-levels in any subject OR Level 3 qualification in a similar discipline by September 2024, or alternatively a BTEC / Level 3 apprenticeship.
  • Equivalent of 5 GCSEs, grades A*-C or 9-4, including Maths and English.
  • Hold or be working towards gaining a full UK driving license before September 2024 due to the nature of the role.
  • Some knowledge/experience of construction design or the built environment would be an advantage but not a requirement.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

By the end of this apprenticeship, you'll have the initial skills and knowledge needed for a career in construction design and build along with practical experience and a nationally recognised qualification.

What is the career progression of a Development Manager?

The general career progression is from apprentice to Trainee Development Manager. After that you can work towards progressing to become a Development Manager, Senior Development Manager, and Development Director.

What is the application process for McCarthy Stone’s Apprenticeship Programme?

  • Submit your application via the ‘apply now’ button prior to the closing date on 5th April 2024.
  • Following this, if you are chosen to progress to the next stage, you will be invited to complete an initial video interview where you record your answers to a series of questions. You will have the opportunity to practice before submitting your recording.
  • If successful, you will be invited to attend an in-person interview at our Altrincham office with the hiring manager and HR Business Partner.
  • After this, we’ll contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you’re becoming a McCarthy Stone Apprentice and to welcome you to our team!

At McCarthy Stone, we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our colleagues. We welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.

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