At Dandara, we believe our people are our most valuable asset and we are committed to supporting and developing individuals to achieve their full potential. We are passionate about developing the future generation of housebuilding professionals, and with the support of our tailored management trainee programme and the desire to succeed in this fast-moving industry, trainees will gain a full insight into the amazing career opportunities and progression available within our sector.
Housebuilding is a fantastic industry to build a career in, it will be both challenging and rewarding and will allow you to shape the future landscape and leave a lasting legacy. There will always be a demand for the development of new homes, delivering innovative designs and producing the highest standards of quality build. Within this training programme, we aim to give you the foundations to build a successful career within a fantastic industry.
With Dandara, you will benefit from a programme that has been carefully created to meet the needs and aspirations of all of those wanting to embark on a career in the sector. As such, there are various entry routes into the scheme, from BTEC to A-Levels, ensuring it is inclusive and welcoming to a broad range of people from different backgrounds. As a minimum we require you to have 5 GCSE'S at 4-9 grade, including Maths and English.
Successful candidates will simultaneously begin on our tailored management trainee programme which will see you spend the majority of your time within your chosen department, being mentored and supported with on-the-job training, whilst working towards an appropriate qualification. You will also have the opportunity to complete departmental rotations, following the lifecycle of the process from land to customer care, to enable you to understand the business as a whole.
Our programme is set out over a two to three year period and sees our trainee’s working towards a set career path.
You will work with your mentor and a member of the HR team to choose the right qualification. This will depend on both your current qualifications and what skills you require to follow your chosen career path but typically, trainees can work towards an HND or HNC. Foundation degrees and accreditations with industry bodies such as RICS, CIOB and RTPI are also available. In most cases the company will support your studies with day release and with payment of your tuition fees.
Making sure that there is land to build homes on is understandably a vital part of a house builder’s business. In fact, you could say it’s the foundation.
The Land department is therefore tasked with identifying suitable plots of land to build homes on, purchasing it and then getting the required planning permission that allows them to start the building process. It’s often a lengthy process and involves lots of negotiating and deal-making, but it provides the raw material for the rest of the company to work on.
The Technical team is central to any housing business; they support the land team with reviewing land opportunities at the pre purchase stage of any new potential sites and work hard to ensure that any site specific risks are mitigated.
The Technical team design the house types, road plans, services and site layouts for all our sites within strict planning and building regulations as set by the government. They provide the commercial teams with the information to price the projects from. They provide the construction teams with the information to build from. They also support the sales and customer care teams to answer queries from our new home owners. It is a diverse and pivotal team that interacts with the whole business from inception through to completion.
The commercial team is at the core of the business and integrates with all disciplines including the Land, Technical, Construction, Health and Safety, Finance, Sales and Customer Care teams. When the site is procured, the commercial team works closely with the technical team as the design develops and the commercial team will seek to value engineer the project to maximise the profit potential from the land purchase to completion of the project.
Once the design is complete, the commercial team is responsible for managing all costs throughout the lifecycle of the project. This includes the initial procurement process which involves tendering, placing contracts with suppliers and subcontractors, managing change throughout the project with the respective teams (technical, construction and sales) as and when required, and producing financial reports to communicate the progress against the initial budget that had been agreed on which feeds into the management accounts for the regional business unit.
The commercial team has a vital role to play in ensuring that each project is delivered in a timely manner, to budget and to ensure that a quality product is handed over to our customers.
To build a house we need hundreds of skilled men and women such as site managers, bricklayers, joiners, plumbers, electricians and decorators.
The Construction department is responsible for managing the on-site building process, making sure everything is built on time and finished to a high standard. They also have ultimate responsibility for the customer service teams that ensure the people living in the houses are happy with their new home.
Buying a home at any time in a person’s life is a significant event. It is perhaps one of the most important purchases an individual will make in their lifetime. It is the sales team’s responsibility to ensure that the customers experience of buying their dream home is both enjoyable and successful.
From choosing the perfect home, to advising on work top, tile and carpet choices, it is the sales team who will guide customers throughout their buying journey, from their very first visit, right up until the keys are handed over. Based in the sales office on site, the sales team work closely with the construction team, gaining thorough knowledge of the development, the homes and the lifestyle that is on offer to prospective customers.
“The Trainee Scheme has been a brilliant opportunity for me as I studied an HNC and HND in Construction at MidKent College, Maidstone. It is so competitive to get straight into the housebuilding industry, but Dandara’s Trainee Scheme has given me a way to get my foot in the door and build my career. To be able to train for a job I am passionate about, along with learning and having progressive mentoring with a fast growing company is a huge benefit.”
“I am a Trainee Quantity Surveyor and I love learning the fundamentals of surveying. The Trainee Scheme is particularly good as it goes through all of the different elements of housebuilding in each department. The scheme has been a great opportunity to further my education, be supported throughout my university studies and progress in my career as well.”
“I am very grateful for being given the opportunity to be part of the Dandara Trainee Scheme. The scheme has opened my eyes to the housebuilding industry and allowed me to learn in the best way possible. Shadowing and learning from my mentors has really helped me pick everything up so quickly. I came into the scheme with little marketing and sales skills, and I feel so grateful to learn from a company that is talented in every role they perform.”
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