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.