Following a surge in new home construction over the last year, the NHBC Operations Academy will be taking on new trainee building inspectors to help the industry meet the demand.
The academy trainees were signed up after the NHBC’s largest recruitment campaign for more than a decade with close to 50 new inspectors joining the warranty company during the year.
Engineers and building surveyors are also being recruited to support the increased growth in housebuilding. The trainees will undertake a six month induction course as part of a 12 month training programme covering all aspects of building inspection, with a focus on technical training on NHBC’s standards and the building regulations.
The latest new registration figures by NHBC show a 24% increase for the rolling quarter August to October compared to the same period in 2012. A total of 32,716 new homes were registered by NHBC during this period compared to 26,440 last year. NHBC has already recruited eight new trainee building inspectors, who are all in their 20s, to join the NHBC Operations Academy. Six of the new recruits join following construction degrees with two others joining the academy from other parts of business.
Academy manager Neil Herries said: “During the economic downturn the academy remained active training existing staff but this is the first occasion in six years that we are able to recruit new staff specifically for the academy, which was established to equip NHBC with the calibre of staff able to deliver a high quality inspection service.
“Now that we are seeing continuing signs that the housing market is improving I am delighted that we can provide new recruits this opportunity to join us.”