Navigating the People and Skills Crisis

The social housing sector is facing a shortage of skilled professionals in repairs, maintenance and construction, largely due to the perception that construction careers lack appeal. This perception hinders our ability to provide essential maintenance services and build new homes. To tackle this issue, it is crucial to transform how we view construction and housing, making them more attractive career options for individuals at all career stages.

To achieve this we need collaborative effort. This involves creating communities that not only offer suitable living conditions but also highlight the various opportunities in the construction industry. Improving career prospects requires the development of educational programmes and mentor initiatives to guide individuals toward careers in repairs, maintenance, and construction. Effective communication channels tailored to different age groups are essential for providing accurate information and dispelling misconceptions.

The integration of emerging technologies is a key factor in changing the perception of the construction sector. Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and innovative architectural practices demonstrate the industry’s commitment to efficiency, sustainability and technological advancement. The use of sophisticated technology, such as improved tracking systems for van fleet routes, enhances operational efficiency and underscores the industry’s adoption of modern solutions. These technological advancements not only improve efficiency but also serve as tools to attract a new generation of professionals by showcasing the industry’s relevance in the modern era.

What CHIP is doing to help

CHIP was established to support delivery of the social value objectives set for Communities and Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC).

One of the six core areas of social impact within CHIP’s objectives is Employment Sponsorship, creating sustainable opportunities for individuals distant from the workplace.

CHIP’s commitment is to work with and financially support LEGs’ in the main regions of CHIC’s active members, to secure permanent employment for people who are disadvantaged or distant from the workplace, including:

  • Individuals living with disabilities
  • Ex-offenders
  • Modern Day Slavery victims
  • Homelessness
  • Older People
  • Ethnic and Racial Minorities
  • Ex-armed Forces

CHIP’s current partners include Black Country Housing Group, Jericho, St. Basils and BounceBack, and there have already been some great outcomes.

Continuing the Conversation

This year at CHIC Conference 2024, CHIP will be chairing a workshop ‘How do we fill the skills gap?’ – This will consider ‘Building better communities and creating attractive career prospects – are we making a difference to get people into construction careers?’

In this workshop we will explore strategies to address the skills gap and promote our sector to a new generation of workers. We will discuss the current state of the skills gap and the reasons behind it, including demographic changes and negative perceptions about a career in construction.

Speakers will each provide their own thoughts on what we need to do and what they are already doing to attract, train and support new talent. We want their presentations to inspire some healthy debate with delegates about how, through collaboration with CHIC and CHIP.

Click Here to register your place and find out who is on the line up of speakers.

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