Training scheme launched to help tackle housebuilding skills shortage in Bristol

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Mayor Marvin Rees and Bristol City Council are supporting the pilot programme which will provide paid training opportunities for 10 young people

Bristol housing associations have started an employment scheme to attract people to a career in housing development.

The Bristol Housing Partnership (BHP) and city council are investing £100,000 in training for the initiative, known as the BHP Academy.

The BHP is the result of collaboration between the city’s housing associations and BCC.

The pilot employment scheme aims to solve skills shortage in housing development and will earn each trainee officer £23,000 pa during the two-year period.

The scheme will offer up to 10 people the opportunity to train and work as affordable housing development officers over a period of 24 months. The trainee officers will receive specialist training for the first year, and continue to learn while working within established development teams for a second year.

The partnership’s ambition is to reduce homelessness, help people to live independent and fulfilling lives, improve local communities and build the homes the people of Bristol need.

Sarah Maylor, chair of the BHP, says: “A career in housing development can be incredibly fulfilling but, despite the many advantages it offers, our sector is still affected by skills shortages. There’s a particular lack of applicants with the right skills in development roles and housing associations are struggling to recruit experienced candidates.

“Our members are committed to building 2,500 new homes in Bristol alone over the next five years and, to do so, we need more skilled people – this is why we’ve decided to invest in ‘growing our own’ talent.

“The ideal candidates are university and sixth form college graduates, regardless of degree specialty – as we’re offering extensive training, our recruitment will focus more on attitude to learning, personal competence and enthusiasm.”

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain valuable new skills and join a sector that offers clear career progression. At the same time they will be making a positive difference to local people’s lives, by helping to build more affordable homes in our city and region.

“I’m delighted that we are able to support this initiative, alongside a number of other training, skills and employment schemes we’re running to ensure that Bristol continues to thrive and attract investment.”

Visit the BHP Academy website where you can apply and find out more about the role, the BHP, the Academy and the housing associations recruiting for the scheme.

Sarah Maylor, Chair of the Bristol Housing Partnership BPL428 15 August 2019

Sarah Maylor, Chair of the Bristol Housing Partnership

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