28 February 2018
As we continue to work hard to support the Home Building Skills Pledge (HBSP), we thought we’d check in and let you know what we’ve been up to in our bid to reduce the current skills gap in the industry.
Promoting careers is one of the five key areas covered by the HBSP, and that is something that we believe is vital to ensure the best people are entering the industry. As part of this commitment, we have developed partnerships with schools and colleges that are close to our developments in order to promote and educate students on the extensive career possibilities available within the housebuilding industry.
Our partnership with Hillingdon College is a fantastic example of our work to provide hands-on training to students and help encourage more people to enter the construction industry. This partnership saw a dozen students complete work experience at St. Modwen Homes’ St. Andrew’s Park development in Uxbridge, Greater London.
Each student was assigned a mentor and worked on site for two weeks. The objective of the partnership was to offer some of the students apprenticeships with our subcontractors or be welcomed onto our own training scheme. We’ve also worked with Burton and South Derbyshire where it’s been great to see an increasing number of women take part in our initiatives and consider a career in construction. A combination of these schemes has seen the number of trainees and graduates in St. Modwen Homes increase from 10% to 16% in the past year.
In the last 12 months we’ve also held 33 site safety lessons in local primary schools. Our aim is to showcase all the possible careers available within the housebuilding industry whilst also informing students about safe practise on building sites.
These are just a few examples of the work we have done within schools and colleges, and we hope that our continued partnerships will provide further opportunities for those looking to get into the housebuilding industry, as well as developing our existing talent.
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