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House-builders set up skills committee

14 Jun 16 The house-building sector has set up a committee tasked with increasing the number of trainees in the industry.

Redrow’s John Tutte chairs the Home Building Skills Partnership
Redrow’s John Tutte chairs the Home Building Skills Partnership

The board of the Home Building Skills Partnership (HBP) met for the first time yesterday to discuss plans to attract and train tens of thousands of new workers.

It is led by Redrow Homes chief executive John Tutte, who said: “More quality people will enable us to deliver more quality homes.” 

The HBP will focus on attracting new entrants into the industry and on providing training for them.  It will also oversee the recruitment of a team to implement the plan.

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The target is to put 40,000 workers through courses with 180 colleges and training providers within four years.

As well as John Tutte, the board comprises:

  • Adrian Belton, Construction Industry Training Board
  • Brian Berry, Federation of Master Builders
  • Anne Billson-Ross, Taylor Wimpey
  • Joanne Iddon, Morris Homes
  • Mike Quinton, National House-Building Council
  • John Slaughter, Home Builders Federation
  • Steve Stone, Crest Nicholson.

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.” 

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