Redrow made the news over the weekend for what, in my perception, is some very clever thinking.
If you didn’t see it, they’ve decided to collaborate with Liverpool John Moores University and Coleg Cambria in north Wales, to develop a first ever dedicated degree programme in housebuilding, beginning in September 2018.
I like the idea and the rationale behind it.
Britain is facing a skills shortage in many industries and it is acute, I often read, in construction. As a country, we apparently need 400,000 new construction workers every year to meet the government’s 2020 housebuilding target of 300,000 new homes a year.
Factor in Brexit, an ageing construction workforce, and a lack of new entrants, and you can see why Redrow has engaged in such forward thinking.
It’s not just good publicity either – the course contents have already been thought through.
These are the potential modules that have been outlined:
- Housebuilding Quality
- Project Management
- Health and Safety
- Law, Mathematics and Economics
It’s something to be applauded.
Redrow also says it is only open to current employees who have a level three qualification, similar to an A-level, or a minimum of five years in industry, who would do the programme to attain a BSc (Hons) Construction Management in Housebuilding alongside their work. There are plans to expand it to other housebuilders, once established.
Here’s what Karen Jones, group HR director at Redrow and trustee at the Construction Industry Training Board, has to say:
The housebuilding sector has a real opportunity to innovate the way we develop and deliver skills training to ensure colleagues can fulfil their potential and progress in their careers. Part of that means working in partnership with further education and higher education providers to develop new pathways that enable recruits to develop the aptitude, attitude and strategic nous to deliver communities at scale.
This is why we are working with Coleg Cambria and Liverpool John Moores University to deliver the UK’s first dedicated Housebuilding Degree. Participants on the course will be able to learn while they earn and develop the skills necessary to rise through the ranks in the housebuilding sector.
We feel it is important to share best practice with other housebuilders and we hope that in the future that the degree programme can be opened up to construction industry workers from across the industry. We believe this new programme will encourage people to enter the sector, as well as imparting crucial skills on those already in the workforce.
Redrow also says it is only open to current employees who have a level three qualification, similar to an A-level, or a minimum of five years in industry, who would do the programme to attain a BSc (Hons) Construction Management in Housebuilding alongside their work.
I think this is a great idea.
What do you think?