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Major new housebuilding skills partnership launches

Major new housebuilding skills partnership launches

2 April 2016 Email this article

A £2.7 million initiative announced by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Home Builders Federation (HBF) is set to train 45,000 new homebuilding workers by 2019 to help tackle the nation’s housing shortage.  

The first of initiative of this kind, the Home Building Skills Partnership will bring together firms of all sizes to ensure that the industry has the skills it needs to build the homes the nation needs. This will include initiatives to promote collaboration on skills across the supply chain, so that the industry can better plan for its future needs.

The partnership will support over 3,500 construction businesses and, by 2019, train 45,000 new entrants and 1,000 experienced workers with the new homebuilding training qualifications. 

The scheme’s launch followed unprecedented increases in house building over the past two years. The latest figures show that 181181,000 new homes were provided last year – up 25% year on year - with the largest companies increasing their output by 50% since their troughs.

This new partnership will use industry insight to understand skills needs and develop new training and qualifications ideally suited to the modern homebuilding sector. It will create long-term skills solutions to meet the government’s target of one million new homes by 2020.

The initiative will be overseen by a Board that will be chaired by Redrow CEO John Tutte and include a range of senior industry representatives and the CITB.

Discussing the scheme, the Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis, said: "The number of new homes is up 25% in the last year because the country is building again and delivering the homes the nation wants.

 “That’s why the Home Building Skills Partnership is an important initiative and will help deliver the training of skilled workers we need to get the job done and to improve quality across the industry.

 "Construction offers an exciting and rewarding career and we need to build a new generation of home grown talented, ambitious and highly skilled construction workers."