New Partnership to Bring New Blood into UK Construction

A number of house builders, warranty providers and training and trade bodies have formed a new partnership to attract new people into the UK construction industry.

The Board of the Home Building Skills Partnership (HBP) met for the first time recently and has begun working in earnest on plans to attract and train thousands of new workers.

It will be led by John Tutte, chief executive officer at Redrow Homes, and is backed by a strong group of leaders throughout the home building industry.

The HBP is aiming to grow, develop and sustain a scheme that will provide the industry with the workforce it requires in order to deliver the extra housing supply increases that are desperately needed in the UK.

Its focus will be on attracting new entrants into the industry and providing focussed training to aid the development of a qualified workforce that will be required to construct the high quality new homes of today.

The Board will direct and guide the Partnership, while defining its operational priorities and parameters and it will also preside over the recruitment of a dedicated that will drive the initiatives forward on a daily basis, in conjunction with the wider supply chain.

It hopes that HSP programmes will engage with more than 3,500 organisations in its first four years, along with over 40,000 workers and 180 Training Providers and Colleges.

Tutte said that the partnership will work towards the house building industry’s commitment to increase output and meet the country’s housing needs by attracting and training the right people to work in the industry who will deliver more, high quality homes over the next number of years.

He added that the experienced Board that will oversee the partnership will help establish the building blocks that will be required to succeed.

The HBP will aim to develop a better public identity for home building and influence the development of a fully trained, more professional workforce.


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