Bristol-based associations launch housebuilding academy

The scheme aims to attract young people to work in housing development.

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Bristol Housing Partnership (BHP), a group of 14 housing associations working with the Council to deliver more affordable homes in the city, has launched a pilot training and employment scheme aimed at attracting young people to choose a career in housing development.

The BHP Academy will offer 10 people the opportunity to train and work as affordable housing development officers, receiving specialist training in the first year and working in development teams in the second.

Each trainee officer will receive a salary of £23,000 a year during the two-year period, with five to be recruited externally and five to be offered to existing employees of Bristol City Council or the participating associations.

Sarah Maylor, Chair of the BHP, says: “A career in housing development can be incredibly fulfilling but, despite the many advantages it offers, our sector is still affected by skills shortages.

“There’s a particular lack of applicants with the right skills in development roles and housing associations are struggling to recruit experienced candidates.

“Our members are committed to building 2,500 new homes in Bristol alone over the next five years and, to do so, we need more skilled people – therefore we’ve decided to invest in ‘growing our own’ talent.

“The ideal candidates are university and sixth form college graduates, regardless of degree specialty – as we’re offering extensive training, our recruitment will focus more on attitude to learning, personal competence and enthusiasm.”

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain valuable new skills and join a sector that offers clear career progression.

“At the same time, they will be making a positive difference to local people’s lives, by helping to build more affordable homes in our city and region.

“I’m delighted that we are able to support this initiative, alongside a number of other training, skills and employment schemes we’re running to ensure that Bristol continues to thrive and attract investment.”

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