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UK CONSTRUCTION WEEK 2015: SKILL BUILDING LEADS TO BETTER HOUSE BUILDING - BY GRAHAM CHERRY

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06/10/2015

 

As the industry gathers to celebrate this year’s UK Construction Week (6 – 11 October), the achievements of the sector remains somewhat overshadowed by the skills shortage. As housebuilding production levels continue to improve, the demand for a more skilled and diverse workforce is increasing.

UK Construction Week 2015: Skill Building leads to better house building - by Graham Cherry

Such is the pressure on developers, just a couple of weeks ago, the CITB launched ‘Go Construct’ a three-year public campaign to help attract the 220,000 new people it is estimated the sector needs over the next five years.

With growing demand for new homes, and the Government pledging to build hundreds of thousands more, the pressure on the housebuilding industry will continue. Over the last two years, over 100,000 new jobs have been created in the housebuilding sector alone, which is great news, and recent industry surveys reveal that job satisfaction across the construction sector remains high.

One of the many ways Countryside helps to improve and develop skills and encourage more people into the sector is through our highly successful graduate programme. I'm pleased to say that currently, we have 18 graduates working with us, including 25-year-old Lisa Cummings and 23-year-old Poppy Church.

After graduating from the University of Reading with a degree in Physical Geography two years ago, Lisa joined the Countryside team, working her way through the business, and developing her knowledge and understanding of the many roles available. Most recently, she has been based on-site at our flagship Beaulieu development in Chelmsford, getting involved with day-to-day site management. Lisa comments:

“I really enjoyed being on an active site, there was always lots going on and it was great to be more hands-on. I have worked with many different teams across the business and it’s great that I can see so many career options ahead of me. I’d like to think I have a future in project management or development management, so that’s what I am focussing on right now, and am delighted to be continuing my career at Countryside.”

Poppy Church graduated from the University of Leicester and is now half-way through her graduate placement. She has just started working with our Land department in Sevenoaks, and has also covered a lot in her first year. She explains:

 “I have really enjoyed my time so far, and as well as spending a few months on site, I have also worked with Countryside’s surveying team, and spent seven months with the development team, which was really varied. Being on-site was great, as I could actually see the end product, and I think the development side of things is where my career is headed, although I still have lots more to learn and experience!”

We hope the ‘Go Construct’ campaign encourages more people like Lisa and Poppy to consider a career in the built environment. Fortunately, there are now many different ways to access and progress within the house building industry, including apprenticeship and graduate schemes, and it’s a sector that is constantly evolving and innovating as housing need changes and construction techniques advance.

Countryside currently has a number of vacancies in a variety of roles across our regional offices and development sites, details of which can be found in our Careers section. We offer a challenging and ever-changing environment, whilst offering the opportunity to build a successful and satisfying career with a developer that has long been synonymous with excellence and integrity.

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Graham Cherry,
Chief Executive,
New Homes & Communities


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