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Fast tracking future home builders

Sep 22, 2017


A new approach has been launched which aims at closing the home building skills gap through 2-6-week intensive training course

The new pilot scheme is set to make inroads into closing the home building skills gap by fast tracking qualified construction college leavers into their specialist job area and getting them prepared for the world of work. In doing so, it will reduce the risk of them falling away from the sector or unemployment. Participants have now all completed their training and are being matched with employers.

The CITB funded “boot camp” pilot has been developed by the Home Builders Federation’s (HBF) Home Building Skills Partnership, that has been working in tandem with five further education providers across the country and matching 33 of their college leavers taking part in the pilot with potential employers. This initial pilot is focusing on carpentry and joinery, dry lining and bricklaying, which are among the most challenging job areas to recruit to, with the potential to expand across the country into other job areas.

The boot camp is a 2-6-week on-site training course to test participant competency, enhance their newfound skills, improve speed to support their future employment with home builder firms, and bridge the gap between leaving college and the world of work. The participants are matched with potential home builders and their sub-contractors, with a view to starting on site as paid employees, subject to assessment at the end of the training. They will also receive CITB funding to achieve their NVQ for their CSCS blue skilled card. 

The boot camps have taken place at West Suffolk College, Burton & South Derby College, Leeds College of Building, Barking and Dagenham College in Romford, and Coleg Gwent in Newport. All have now completed and the employer matching process is well underway.

Home builder employers on board the pilot include Persimmon, Barratt, and sub-contractors including Absolute Design and Build, Measoms and Astins.

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