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Member Briefing: Home Building Skills Partnership

Date: 23/03/16

Home Building Skills Partnership

Yesterday, HBF and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) officially launched the Home Building Skills Partnership (HSP), a major new initiative to promote industry skills capacity. A copy of the press release announcing the HSP’s creation can be found here.

The Partnership is a long-term, industry-owned initiative which will research, develop and implement measures to deliver the training and skills solutions needed to meet identified home building requirements. It will be guided by a leadership board chaired by John Tutte, group chief executive of Redrow Homes, and comprising other senior industry figures and the CITB.

HBF has secured £2.7 million of grant funding from the CITB to enable us to bring in the additional staff resource needed to drive forward the Partnership’s work as well as to undertake key research and development. This grant funding will make a major contribution to the costs of an initial four year programme of work from now to 2019, including delivery of training measures that can directly benefit you as companies. The aim is for the Partnership to become self-sustaining beyond this initial four year period.

The Partnership plans to focus on three broad areas of activity:

  • Attracting the people the industry needs – this work will build on what HBF and CITB are already doing in this field, including HBF’s housebuilding careers website (http://housebuildingcareers.org.uk/), also seeking to open up new recruitment routes into the industry
  • Workforce development – the development of home building specific skills standards and training to deliver these, responding to industry concerns that training providers are often not meeting industry needs sufficiently well at present
  • Promoting skills capacity in the home building supply chain – with some 85% of the industry’s site-based workforce indirectly employed, initiatives to encourage and support collaboration on training and skills with and through the supply chain will be central to meeting future industry requirements

We will be encouraging member involvement in all three areas of activity through practitioner groups supported by the additional staff resource we are putting in place. We will be communicating about this separately in due course.

As the CITB itself changes to focus on a role as a facilitator of industry training and skills needs and wider Government reforms of further education and apprenticeships place increasing emphasis on the role of employers as the key influencers in procuring training, the Partnership’s work in identifying home building skills and training requirements will also be a critical input into the allocation of future CITB funding support for the industry and in influencing the training provided by FE colleges and others. It will in addition be the means to leverage other funding, including from public bodies, to augment the industry’s own investment and so optimise support for skills capacity building.

We are very grateful to CITB for its significant investment in the future of home building and look forward to working with members to make the best use of this important opportunity.

 

John Slaughter

Director of External Affairs