A new housebuilding degree has recently been launched in a bid to innovate skills training within the industry. Housebuilders Redrow has teamed up with Liverpool John Moore’s University and one of the UK’s biggest colleges Coleg Cambria to deliver the course.
The first degree of its kind to be specifically dedicated to housebuilding, members of the Redrow team will be the first to take part in the course this year. However, they hope to open this up to other housebuilders in the future.
The course, which will last three years, will give students a full overview of the skills necessary for housebuilding. This will include training in things such as health and safety, project management, housebuilding quality and negotiation. The course will also cover aspects such as economics, maths, and the necessary aspects of the law.
Split into six modules each year, students will be assessed in a variety of ways whilst completing the degree. This will include a final dissertation project, exams and coursework. Teaching will be a combination of classroom-based learning, tutorials, site visits and virtual learning.
Currently, Redrow team members need a level three qualification in order to be nominated for the degree. Alongside this, they also a minimum of five years experience within the industry. For them, the first two years of training will form a foundation degree. Then, after that, the final year will help ‘top this up’. And, eventually, gain them a full degree in Construction Management – Housebuilding.
With the quality of new build homes under fire at the moment, could this be the training the industry crucially needs? According to reports, one in four homeowners are not happy with the quaily of their new build homes. Take a look at the reasons behind this here. Not only that, but other reports have found that the quality of new build homes has even ended up with children in A&E! Take a look at the full report here.
But will this training also have a positive impact upon the skills shortage? Apparently, the industry has been warned that if things don’t change, the construction workforce will fall by between 20-25%. Could this be the solution? Take a look at the full report on the reasons behind the skills shortage here.
Redrow’s group HR director described: “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.”
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