Karl Hick, CEO of award-winning regional housebuilder Larkfleet Homes, has made a New Year company resolution for 2018 regarding the building industry’s well-publicised skills shortage.
He has pledged that the Lincolnshire-based company, which builds in locations across the East Midlands and East Anglia, will work with suppliers, subcontractors, local colleges and others to help plug the “construction industry skills gap”.
Hick says: “By making the pledge we are committing to recruit the best possible talent and to train people to the highest standards. 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.”
Larkfleet has already signed up to the Home Building Skills Pledge developed by the Home Builders Federation, which considers topics such as diversity and promoting careers in construction in addition to training issues and other related matters.
The company already invests in training and skills development, including its sponsorship of the Greater Peterborough University Technical College, where students can get hands-on and theoretical training for a career in the engineering and construction sectors.