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13 June, 2016

Board convenes to start house building skills revolution

“More quality people will deliver more quality homes”

The Board of the Home Building Skills Partnership (HBP) has met for the first time to start work in earnest on plans to attract and train tens of thousands of new workers. It is led by Redrow Homes CEO John Tutte and comprises a very strong group of leaders from across the home building sector.

The HBP aims to develop, grow and sustain a programme to provide the workforce the industry requires to deliver the further increases in housing supply the country desperately needs. It will focus on attracting new entrants into the industry, and on providing focussed training to develop the qualified workforce needed to construct today’s high quality new homes.

The Board, made up of representatives from house builders, warranty providers, training and trade bodies will guide and direct the Partnership and define its operational parameters and priorities. It will also oversee the recruitment of a dedicated team that, in collaboration with the wider supply chain, will drive forward the initiatives on a day-to-day basis.

Over its first four years it is hoped that HSP programmes will engage with over 3,500 companies, more than 40,000 workers and some 180 Colleges and Training Providers.

Speaking today, HSP Board Chairman John Tutte said; “The house building 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. Over the coming years the Partnership will help secure tens of thousands of skilled employees for house builders and the wider industry who will help us solve the housing crisis we now face. More quality people will enable us to deliver more quality homes.” 

The HBP aims to;

  • Develop an improved public identity for homebuilding
  • Influence the development of a more professional, fully trained workforce
  • Increase productivity and the value added per employee
  • Improve the quality and relevance of industry training
  • Co-ordinate the tackling of common workforce challenges
  • Influence and leverage investment in skills to the benefit of the homebuilding industry 

For media enquiries, or to arrange an interview, please contact Steve Turner on 020 7960 1606 or 07919 307760. Steve.turner@hbf.co.uk    

Notes to editors

  1. The Home Builders Federation (HBF) is the representative body of the home building industry in England and Wales. The HBF’s member firms account for some 80% of all new homes built in England and Wales in any one year, and include companies of all sizes, ranging from multi-national, household names through regionally based businesses to small local companies: www.hbf.co.uk
  2. Current HBP partners include HBF, CITB, NHBC, FMB and a number of Developers, Homebuilders and Supply Chain companies
  3. The Board comprises
    • Adrian Belton, CITB
    • Brian Berry, FMB
    • Anne Billson-Ross, Taylor Wimpey
    • Joanne Iddon, Morris Homes
    • Mike Quinton, NHBC
    • John Slaughter, HBF
    • Stephen Stone, Crest Nicholson plc
    • John Tutte, Redrow plc