Young Britons should benefit from the thousands of apprenticeships and jobs now available as housebuilders look to build more homes in the coming year, according to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis.
Housebuilding firms are hiring at their fastest rate since 1997, thanks to government-led efforts that have got Britain building, according to Lewis, but he has argued that we should do more to nurture young talent and encourage school leavers to help get Britain building.
The 2008 housing crash triggered a downturn in the construction industry, resulting in the loss of a quarter-million jobs. This government has implemented a number of measures to try to reverse this trend and deliver new homes across the country, including Help to Buy, which has resulted in an increase in business to the construction sector, with private housebuilding increasing by a third in the scheme’s first year.
In addition, radical reform of the planning system has given communities more say over how their local area is developed, resulting in planning permission being granted on 630 homes per day over the past year.
As a result, companies are hiring construction workers at the fastest rate since 1997, with the UK expected to generate over 180,000 full-time or part-time construction jobs by the end of 2018. However, housebuilders have stated that a lack of skilled labour is one of their industry’s major issues, and they are in need of a variety of building skills as well as site managers, surveyors, planners, and designers.
Lewis is also interested in attracting more ex-servicemen and women to the industry and assisting them in beginning new careers on Civvy Street.
“Our efforts over the last four years have got Britain building, which means thousands of jobs – from plumbing to plastering, and from bricklaying to scaffolding – are now up for grabs,” Brandon Lewis said.
“I’ll be gathering the captains of our construction industry to ensure that young British people can benefit from these new opportunities, so we can nurture our home-grown talent and build the homes we need for years to come.”
“The industry is committed to working with government to ensure that more of our brightest and most talented young people become the house builders of the future,” said Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation. We need to build more of the best-designed, most energy-efficient homes in the world in the coming years, and we need thousands of our brightest and most ambitious young people to help us deliver.
“In return, our industry offers a wide range of fantastic opportunities for young people, with career paths ranging from bricklaying to engineering, commercial management, and design, both on-site and in the office.” Our young people learn life skills, earn while they learn, and go home every day knowing they have accomplished something fantastic that is positively contributing to the nation’s future.”