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CN Briefing: Housebuilding; CITB and HBF partnership; the CN Summit

I like a bit of maths, but today’s CITB announcement that it’s going to train more than 45,000 housebuilders over the next three years via a £2.7m initiative was too easy to be true.

Just £60 per worker? That’s not going to get you much training.

In fact, it was too easy to be true. The money, which is to be supplemented by another £1.1m from the Home Builders Federation, is not directly for training, but for a Home Building Skills Partnership.

This partnership plans to: research barriers to skills development, design and create a tool that will match training to the skills the industry needs, and establish a set of common standards for housebuilding skills and training.

As for the training that is developed as a result, it will be up to housebuilders, as employers, to fund that just as they do now.

The estimation that there will be 45,000 recipients is based on the nice idea that the framework will create appropriate training for the exact number of new entrants that housebuilding needs by 2019.

That’s not maths, it’s optimism.

But it’s a good aim to have and at least it keeps minds focused.

Future-proofing is going to be essential, so the tool will need to be adaptable to a changing market and evolving technology.

We are not yet at the point where the majority of homes are manufactured in factories and assembled on site by robots, but the industry must prepare for that.

The keys here are partnership and sustainability.

Working together, the CITB and the HBF are far more likely to create what the industry needs, with CITB funding to get it off the ground and HBF sector relationships to ensure it remains on track.

This is just the first of 20 similar CITB partnerships that will take a sector-specific approach to skills development and training.

If all 20 schemes are supported by the employers in those sectors, they could solve a really big problem.

Also in the news

It’s not often we get ‘fat-fired’ in a headline but I suspect it was the news that Murphy Group has lost a £8.3m legal claim that got people racing through to find out what went wrong on Beckton Energy’s power plant.

While the media has focused on political in-fighting and welfare cuts, the Construction Products Association has dissected the Budget to work out construction’s winners and losers.

Never work with

Back with a new logo, a new venue and a new advisory panel, we’re now taking reservations for this year’s CN Summit in October. Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Neil will be back in the chair. Will he find our speakers easier to handle than these two children? You’ll have to wait until October to find out – but you can book now to take advantage of our supersaver rate.

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