Skills and development

Upskilling our workforce



We work closely with our members and the wider industry to secure funding, launch new initiatives and deliver projects that support home builders to address challenges in upskilling and developing the workforce to ensure we are future ready.

Trade masterclasses

11,000+ tradespeople upskilled

We launched the Brickwork Masterclasses in 2019 to address common issues found by NHBC inspection teams. Developed in partnership with the Association of Brickwork Contractors (ABC) and NHBC, the sessions offer practical skills and knowledge, and are delivered at home builders’ own sites to reduce disruption to the working day.

Since its launch more than 1,200 sessions have been delivered, upskilling over 11,000 tradespeople.

In 2023 we received funding to extend the roll out of brickwork masterclasses and develop a new roofing masterclass with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors. The masterclasses are fully funded by CITB, delivered by NHBC and available on sites across the UK.

Book a Brickwork Masterclass

Providing practical skills and knowledge on common brickwork issues, these sessions will give your bricklayers confidence in key areas of good practice.

Book a Brickwork Masterclass


Book a Roofing Masterclass

Roofing is the build stage with the highest number of defects in new homes. Ideal for roofing contractors and those supervising roofing projects, these 90-minute sessions will help roofers get it right first time.

Book a Roofing Masterclass

Additional funded training opportunities

Heat pump and network courses

The Home Builders Federation is committed to supporting the home building industry to overcome challenges in attracting talent and developing skills within the workforce, and, in doing so, progressing the culture of the sector.

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Free mental health and wellbeing training

We're supporting industry to break the stigma around mental health. As part of our campaign, we are offering free mental health and wellbeing training for home builders and the supply chain.

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Live initiatives and pilot projects


Increasing apprentices in the supply chain

We’re working with CITB’s New Entrant Support Team (NEST) to increase numbers of apprentices in the home building industry’s supply chain. The Home Building Apprenticeship Support Pilot is being delivered with a number of home builders.

For more information, contact our team at skillspartnership@hbf.co.uk


CITB Home Building Sector Network Group

The Home Building Network sees CITB arrange subsidised training for home builders and the supply chain, without the need to claim a CITB grant.

Find out more about the Home Building Pilot Group

Future Talent Group

The Future Talent Group is a membership group for new entrants and early talent in the sector, offering insight into, experience in, guidance on and opportunities in the home building industry.

Find out more about the Future Talent Group

Useful resources

Support employing an apprentice

CITB’s New Entrant Support (NEST) team works with home builders to take care of the process of recruiting an apprenticeship for you – including securing grants.

Home building short courses

Working with CITB, we developed 16 home building short duration courses which employers can use to ensure that the training their employees receive is delivered and assessed to a recognised standard.

T-Levels guidance

T-Levels are an alternative to A levels and apprenticeships for 16- to 19-year-olds in England, focusing on technical and practical skills and combining classroom learning and industry work placements.

CITB grants and funding

Registered home builders can receive funding and grants from CITB to cover a range of training, including short courses and apprenticeships.

Skills and Supply Chain Engagement Group

HBF members can help shape our work by joining our working groups and committees focused on addressing challenges in developing the workforce.

Apprenticeship guidance for employers in England

Apprentices can be existing or new employees. Read government's guidance on hiring an apprentice and securing funding for apprenticeships.

Home Building Skills Partnership

We developed the Home Building Skills Partnership to bring together home builders, the supply chain and key stakeholders to collaborate on initiatives and influence policy that leads to real change.

Find out more about the Home Building Skills Partnership

Talent attraction

We work closely with our members and the wider industry to develop projects and secure funding that helps to develop an inclusive talent pipeline.

Find out more about our attract workstream