Housebuilder commits to ending skills shortage by developing strong talent pipeline across West Midlands
Top 10 UK homebuilder Keepmoat is fulfilling its promise to bring long-term, lasting change to communities through its work supporting local schools and colleges across the West Midlands.
In 2023, the team engaged with nine educational partners to expand its social value work within communities, whilst working towards alleviating the construction skills shortage.
The industry is facing a shortage of workers and needs 30,000 extra construction professionals by 2026 to meet growing demand across the sector. The housebuilder aims to address the skills shortage facing the region, and ultimately the country, by educating young people on the exciting opportunities and career paths available within the housebuilding sector.
Lainey Noakes, Social Value Manager at Keepmoat West Midlands, said: “Engaging with four schools and universities and taking on a student from Landau Forte Academy for work experience is a testament to how hard we work to engage with as many local young people as possible. In 2022 we were the first private housebuilder to achieve a Level One Social Value Management Certificate. This certificate acknowledges our commitment to bring lasting change and supporting local communities through our developments.
“Our dedicated team has supported local schools and universities through different initiatives, including coordinating and attending school visits, site visits, careers fairs, mock interviews undertaken to benefit years 11 and above who have never undertaken an interview before, and managing bespoke apprenticeship schemes.”
Of the nine educational partners, the South West and West Mids team welcomed 16 Aston University students to the Primrose Lodge Goscote Walsall Site, and held three careers fairs for various schools.
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