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Redrow Launches the UK’s First Housebuilding Degree

UK builder Redrow is launching the country’s first housebuilding degree in an effort to help the construction industry deal with a major skills shortage. 

The first students will begin in September 2018. Although admission is currently limited to Redrow employees, the company hopes to make enrolment available to other housebuilders in the near future. 

Topics being covered in the programme include project management, housebuilding quality, negotiation, health and safety, and a certain amount of economics, law, and mathematics.. 

The housebuilding degree is being run by Coleg Cambria, one of the largest colleges in the UK, and Liverpool John Moores University. 

Redrow representative Karen Jones said that the housebuilding sector has a genuine opportunity to revolutionise the way that skills training is developed and delivered, enabling colleagues to live up to their potential and progress in their careers. 

Ms Jones added that part of achieving this goal calls for collaborating with providers of further and higher education to develop new ways for recruits to acquire the ability and attitude to deliver communities at scale. 

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The construction industry is presently facing a skills shortage due to a workforce reaching retirement age and potential new entrants being discouraged by the sector’s volatile nature. There are also concerns that the shortage will worsen if Brexit causes a loss of foreign labour. 

While the Government has promised to tackle the housing crisis by building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, the skills shortage may make such a figure unattainable. 

A recent Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors survey indicated that 63% of surveyors experienced recruiting issues in the third quarter of last year. 

Last year Arcadis, the construction consultancy, estimated that over 400,000 people need to be recruited annually to produce enough homes to meet demand. 

Federation of Master Builders chief executive Brian Berry said that the housebuilding degree from Redrow was a step in the right direction, but more Government action was needed to address the present skills shortage. 

Mr. Berry said that one of the reasons for the shortage in construction skills is that academic education has been held in esteem for far too long by the Government and society in general, thereby discouraging people away from exploring vocational education opportunities, 

He added that the Government must continue on its mission of improving the quality of vocational training, so that the trades fields have a better public image and attract more entrants into the industry.

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