Construction workers set to receive training in £2.7m initiative

Property developer Richard Carr has welcomed a £2.7m initiative which will be used to train 45,000 new home building workers by 2019.

Housing shortage

Richard Carr needs more builders

Richard Carr has welcomed a new initiative to fund training for construction workers

The fund has been created by the Construction Training Board (CITB) and Home Builders Federation (HBF) to help tackle the UK’s housing shortage.

Poole-based developer Richard Carr has voiced concerns over the lack of skilled construction workers and the effect that it has had on the industry. The Home Building Skills Partnership will bring together small, medium and large building firms to make sure that the industry has the skills it needs moving forward to build more homes.

The initiative will support over 3,500 construction businesses and hopes to have trained 45,000 new entrants and 1,000 experienced workers with new building training qualifications by 2019.

Growth

Despite the current lack of skilled workers, the housebuilding industry has enjoyed considerable growth over the past 24 months with the latest figures showing that 181,000 new homes were provided last year alone, up 25% on the previous 12 months.

The government’s target of 200,000 new homes per year looks far more achievable with some of the UK’s largest companies increasing their output by 50%.

If the industry is to continue growing at its current rate then industry insight to understand skills needed and to develop new training and qualifications is imperative.

Skilled workers

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis told propertywire.com that an initiative of this ilk was needed: “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.”

Richard Carr is pleased to see the government supporting the initiative and believes the industry will hugely benefit in years to come.