Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Our New Year’s resolution - promoting construction skills, diversity and training

HBF Construction Skills Pledge Larkfleet Homes
We all make New Year’s resolutions, don’t we? And sometimes it’s hard to stick to them. If we’re honest we have usually abandoned them by the end of January.

But we’re made of sterner stuff at Larkfleet Homes. We have made a New Year resolution for 2018 - to work with suppliers, subcontractors, local colleges and others to help to plug the ‘construction industry skills gap’.

To do that we have joined a list of companies which have signed the Home Building Skills Pledge developed by the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

By making the pledge we are committing to recruit the best possible talent and to train people to the highest standards.

Our CEO Karl Hick said recently: “We are part of a growing momentum for really tackling this crucial agenda. It is vital to nurture the future of the construction industry if we are to build the homes that the country needs.

“By being proactive in terms of engaging staff, and by being inclusive and diverse in our recruitment, we will be able to future-proof our workforce to continue to deliver high quality new homes.”

The Skills Pledge covers topics we care about, like diversity, training, promoting careers in construction and other related issues.

At Larkfleet Homes we already invest heavily in training and skills development. We are one of the sponsors of the newly-opened Greater Peterborough University Technical College which aims to give young people ‘hands on’ as well as theoretical training for careers in the engineering and construction sectors. We also work with New College, Stamford.

So, you see, we are committed to developing the skills our industry needs for a sustainable future and we will continue to do that throughout 2018 and beyond.

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