New research from the Federation of Master Builders has highlighted a growing shortage of tradespeople, particularly bricklayers and carpenters. Scott Martin, Managing Director of Barratt Developments North East comments;

“The skills shortage in the construction and house building industry has been a growing problem for some time. At Barratt Developments, we pride ourselves on maintaining strong relationships with our tradespeople to service our on going output, however we are aware that more needs to be done in the industry to ensure that the younger generation are educated and incentivised to continue to train in these disciplines, therefore safeguarding the workforce of the future.

Available apprenticeships play a key role in ensuring that young people are attracted to and pursue a career in this industry, and that they are informed of the potential career and salary advancements through these disciplines. Becoming a bricklayer or a carpenter is a career for life, and there will always be a demand for this work. We pride ourselves in offering apprenticeships across the business, and urge others within the industry to do the same.

In addition to encouraging new talent, we are also investing in and utilising innovative modern methods of construction across our sites. By using a mix of techniques to build our homes, and increasing the amount of off-site construction involved, we can help to reduce the pressure on certain trades but still continue to provide much needed housing in the region.”

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