Chancellor To Boost Training To Support Housebuilding
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is announcing training schemes for tens of thousands of construction workers to light a fire under the British house-building sector.
The Sun reported that the initiative aims to lead to the erection of 300,000 new homes a year.
Philip Hammond is set to invest millions into subsidising quick courses for plumbers, electricians and brickies to train them up and crack the housebuilding crisis, with the announcement due to be made when he reveals his Budget next week.
Currently, there are too few trained workers in the UK’s construction industry to deliver the 170,000 new homes currently being built.
Developers have been calling for government support to address the skills shortage. Together, Hammond the Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to boost this to 300,000 new homes a year, which is why a skilled and able workforce is essential if this goal is to be realised.
Hammond is looking at Treasury plans to set up a so-called Skills Village beside big development sites to train up construction workers so they can be prepared with extra knowledge almost immediately.
A unique skill to the British construction worker is roofing, as the country’s roofs are unlike any others around the world, having to withstand dry summers and the storms and frosts of winter.
Roofing skills are likely to be included in Hammond’s plans for construction worker training, ensuring the next generation of British homes are fit for purpose.
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