Home Building Skills Partnership

Home Building Skills Pledge

Our Home Building Skills Pledge – formally launched at the HBF’s HMI Conference on 5th October 2017 - builds on the momentum of our Home Building Skills Partnership and commits companies to working together and with subcontractors to recruit and train more people to the highest industry-agreed standards.

The skills gap, whilst acknowledged by the sector, requires a collective and committed response if we are to tackle it sustainably in the long term.\xa0By working together, we will send a powerful message, not only to the wider home building sector, but to government, education and careers providers, and of course, future recruits that the industry is serious about tackling the skills shortage.

Our collective action will demonstrate that home building is a great career choice for people from all walks of life and backgrounds, with unparalleled opportunities, prospects and training.

All of HBF’s larger members have signed up alongside an increasing number of medium and small members – meaning companies responsible for well over half the homes built in England are already committed to the five key actions set out in our Home Building Skills Pledge below.

For further information about the Home Building Skills Partnership’s achievements to date and how the Skills Pledge will underpin what we seek to do moving forward, download the evaluation report.


We are acutely aware of the skills shortage our industry is facing. We recognise the importance of future proofing workforce skills – via new entry routes as well as developing our existing talent - so that we can build quality homes where and when we need them.

We have a key role to play in this, and as such, pledge to collaborate with others in tackling the industry skills gap by supporting the Home Building Skills Partnership and working to its shared goals.

Skills Pledge

If you’d like to find out more click here, or wish to sign up to our Home Building Skills Pledge, please contact skillspartnership@hbf.co.uk