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Home Building Skills  - Partnership begins work

Home Building Skills - Partnership begins work

15th June 2016

The Home Building Skills Partnership board has met for the first time to begin its work to attract and train tens of thousands of new workers.

The HBSP, headed by John Tutte, ceo of Redrow Homes, consists of a “very strong” group of leaders from across the housebuilding industry, said the Home Builders Federation, one of the HBSP partners.

Over its first four years the HBSP through its programmes will aim to engage with more than 3,500 companies, more than 40,000 workers and around 180 colleges and training providers, in the quest to give the industry the workforce it needs to boost housing supply. The partnership will focus on attracting new entrants into the sector and applying targeted training “to develop the qualified workforce needed to construct today’s high quality new homes,” HBF said.

The board - comprising representatives from housebuilders, warranty providers and training and trade bodies - will guide the partnership, defining its operational parameters and priorities. It will also supervise the recruitment of a dedicated team to carry forward the initiatives on a day-to-day basis.

John Tutte, HBSP’s board chairman, said: “The housebuilding industry is totally committed to increasing output and meeting the housing needs of the country. The partnership will help us attract and train the people we need to deliver more, high quality homes in the coming years. The broad experience of the board we have recruited will help us put in place the building blocks we need to succeed.”

Among other tasks, the HBSP aims to develop an improved public image for housebuilding, increase productivity and the value added per employee, and improve the relevance and quality of industry training.

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