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Major Home Builders Group moves forward on its commitment to qualify 200,000 workers by 2010

ConstructionSkills is partnering with the Major Home Builders Group (MHBG) to tackle skills shortages and training issues in the home building industry. One of the issues to be addressed is the need to qualify the homebuilding sector’s 200,000 workers by the stated target of 2010.

This goal came a step closer at the beginning of August when the twelve MHBG firms mailed their subcontract network to inform them that construction operatives on their sites will be expected to have a CSCS card by December 2007 – with the aim that they will be qualified by December 2010.

MHBG members are twelve of the largest UK home builders and collectively produce some 65% of the industry’s output. To have their support in our ConstructionSkills’ Qualifying the Workforce initiative is incredibly important.

John Cowley, Finance Director, CITB-ConstructionSkills states: “We’re delighted that the MHBG has committed to this partnership. It is a major step forward in our drive to qualify the workforce, making our industry world leaders in the skills and training arena.”

Since its inception in 2001, the drive to qualify the workforce has more than doubled the number of workers registered through the CSCS scheme, and is targeting a fully qualified and competent workforce by the end of 2010.

Neil Fitzsimmons, Group Managing Director, Redrow plc said: “We will expect all persons working on our sites to have a CSCS card or equivalent at the appropriate level, by the end of 2007. This sends a message that the industry wants a qualified workforce recognising that qualified workers get the job done faster, with fewer mistakes and accidents. There are real business benefits to encouraging all workers to become qualified.”

John White, Chief Executive, Persimmon plc explains: “As one of the UK’s leading housebuilders, the Persimmon Group recognises the benefits of a qualified workforce. We are therefore pleased to be involved in this initiative, as CSCS is now acknowledged as the competency standard for management, supervisors and trade operatives within the industry. As well as providing skills training, CSCS complements our own internal training schemes.”

Support will be available to all those operatives joining the scheme through CITB Grant – either directly as a CITB-ConstructionSkills registered employer or, if they are not registered, they should be able to claim through the MHBG member firm.

For more information, read the full press release.

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