Online portal to boost housing skills

An online checklist of the crucial skills planners will need to help home building in the next decade will be published early in the new year.

The move is part of Home Builders 2020, a joint initiative between NHBC, Zero Carbon Hub and ConstructionSkills, supported by the Home Builders Federation.

The initiative was set up 18 months ago to investigate the likely changes affecting the new homes industry and to advise on how the various professional, trade and technical roles should prepare for training and qualifications.

The research, presented to the 2016 Zero Carbon Task Force today, predicts the future of house building and calls for an urgent 'up-skilling' for all parts of the new homes industry to deal with a decade of change.

It sets out a series of scenarios predicting the future of home building up to 2020. Based on these scenarios, checklists have been drafted for eight key roles in the home building supply chain – from architects and planners to product suppliers, specialist trades and inspectors – outlining the likely core skills and knowledge that each role will require, and their continuing professional development needs for the future.

The report calls for the industry to unite in defining and confronting the knowledge gaps that could hinder progress towards zero carbon homes and the other significant changes on the horizon. 

NHBC, Zero Carbon Hub and ConstructionSkills pledged to launch a new online portal next year to help signpost employers and others to the training providers, colleges and universities that offer courses and qualifications to meet the industry’s future skills and knowledge needs.

Home Building Skills 2020 – report and recommendations is available here.

huw.morris@haymarket.com

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