The National House Building Council has unveiled a new ‘Training Hub’ in Tamworth, West Midlands which aims to help develop the next generation of skilled tradespeople starting out in house building.
The new purpose-built hub will be able to support more than 100 apprentices annually, immersing them in a realistic working environment, with bricklaying chosen as the initial focus due to the shortage of skilled bricklayers in the housebuilding sector, which has been compounded by the pandemic.
The site is next to an active Redrow development and resembles a typical site compound, with a large covered central space for practical work alongside high-specification classrooms and welfare facilities.
The 18-month programme is delivered through concentrated blocks of training, focusing apprentices on the key skills needed in house building. Its modular nature means that, after only a few weeks, apprentices will be able to contribute positively on active sites.
The scheme will train apprentices all year round with numerous cohort intakes throughout the year.
Steve Wood, NHBC Chief Executive said: “It gives me great pleasure to be able to launch the new NHBC Training Hub. By doing so, NHBC is addressing vital skills’ gaps in the industry and providing brand new employment opportunities for young people.
“Our commitment to developing the next generation of housebuilders aligns with the Government’s ‘Build Back Better’ campaign to support economic growth and I look forward to seeing many apprentices successfully pass through the Training Hub in the coming years.”
Housing Minister, Rt Hon Chris Pincher MP, said: “I am very pleased to open NHBC’s Training Hub which will train the next generation of bricklayers and will help directly address the skills shortage in the housebuilding sector. Apprenticeships and traineeships ensure people have the skills they need to get a well-paid job. They play a key part in the Government’s Plan for Jobs, designed to protect, support and create jobs for all ages as we build back better from the pandemic.”