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New partnership aims to close gap in housebuilding skills

March 23, 2016

Britain’s lack of skilled construction workers is to be tackled through a new training programme jointly devised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Home Builders Federation (HBF).

The two bodies will join forces to create the Home Building Skills Partnership, which will aim to train over 45,000 new workers skilled-del in building homes by 2019.

Following research into the shortfalls of staff experienced in a survey of 40 homebuilding firms, the project will seek to support 3,500 construction businesses in training up new workers.

Noting that the supply of homes has increased dramatically in the past two years, executive chairman of HBF Stewart Baseley said: “To enable us to continue increasing output, such that we can deliver the high quality new homes the country needs, it is absolutely crucial we build up industry capacity.”

One reason for the skills shortage is that an estimated 400,000 construction workers left the sector permanently in the recession.

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