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House-builders secure funding for training initiative

22 Mar 16 The Home Builders Federation (HBF) has teamed up with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to provide training for 45,000 new entrants to the industry over the next three years.

The CITB has committed more than £2.7m from its structured fund for the HBF’s Home Building Skills Partnership. The partnership is chaired by Redrow chief executive John Tutte.

The plan is to produce a training and developmental needs analysis tool to ensure training is focused on where it is needed, and then draw up standards for skills and training in the home building sector, with new qualifications.

John Tutte said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to head up this exciting initiative to improve quality and productivity across the industry. The Home Building Skills Partnership will bring together and build on the industry’s excellent work and commitment to tackle the skills shortage. The partnership will work to ensure we have a qualified workforce to deliver the high quality new homes the country needs.”

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The Home Building Skills Partnership, which has an estimated cost of £3.8m in total, is the first of 20 projects to win funding from CITB’s structured fund.

The CITB recently revamped its employer funding. As well as the traditional grants scheme, which will pay out £140m to employers in 2016, it has £60m earmarked for its flexible and structured funds. The flexible fund provides up to £500,000 for short-term projects that are ‘quick and adaptable’ in meeting industry skills needs. The range of activities supported includes innovative pilots and prototypes, development of training resources and incentives to support investment in the most needed skills.

The structured fund provides up to £3m for long-term projects of up to five years. The fund can be accessed by employers, training groups, federations, trade bodies and trade unions.

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