New Homes Debate to tackle industry skills crisis

January 3, 2018 / Isla MacFarlane
New Homes Debate to tackle industry skills crisis

It has been announced that the WhatHouse? New Homes Debate, in partnership with Show House Magazine and the NHBC (National House-Building Council), will return on March 15th 2018 at London’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel.

Building on the success of last year’s WhatHouse? New Homes Debate, this year’s event will ask how the industry can address the skills shortage and inspire the next generation of housebuilders.

The debate will once again be chaired by Lord Hague, the former home secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, discussing the key issues with leading panellists in front of an invited audience of housebuilding delegates.

The debate, which will consist of four panel discussions, will seek to identify practical solutions to help policymakers and decision-takers nurture a new generation housebuilders.

“The skills shortage and recruiting and training young people is the single biggest issue facing the housebuilding industry. Everybody recognises this and as Rob Perrins, chief executive of Berkeley Group, said, collaboration between schools, colleges, training providers and the industry is vital,” said Rupert Bates, editorial director of Show House Magazine and its online jobs site

“The debate will look at the crisis from all angles, talking not just to leading industry figures with the heft and passion to make things happen, but to those starting their careers – the apprentices who represent housebuilding’s youth vote and must make their voices heard by both their peers, their employers, trainers and government,” said Bates.

“The debate will also focus on training, talking to universities, colleges and industry bodies who can deliver the courses and the qualifications, while diversity will be another key plank of the discussions, shaping how housebuilding can be a fruitful career for all, across a whole range of professions and skill sets.”

To find out more about the New Homes Debate, including commercial partnership opportunities, please email Rupert Bates –

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