The home-building industry, including its supply chain, is a major contributor to both national and local economies. As part of the wider construction sector our activities generate employment and we make investments in the areas in which we build.
Raploch Resource Centre - Site managers and apprentices at Raploch Regeneration in Stirling, Scotland.
In 2012 we built 10,886 homes, which helped to create and maintain over 16,000 jobs in the UK. This figure is based on research quoted by the Home Builders Federation that estimates 1.5 jobs are created and maintained for every new home built. On every site we employ a range of subcontractors and tradespeople, ranging from demolition and civil-engineering contractors to small firms of carpenters, painters or electricians. We work with our subcontractors to help local apprentices and trainees gain valuable practical experience on our sites. By providing training and job opportunities, our work has a positive effect on economic growth, both locally and nationally.
Where appropriate we may deliver commercial properties, such as shops or pubs, within our developments. They provide goods and services to local people and opportunities for employment. Sustainable development will help to protect communities against economic decline. On our developments we aim to provide the facilities and opportunities needed for the communities living in them and in the surrounding areas to grow and strengthen.
The people moving into new homes on our developments also have a long term positive effect on the local economy. They will spend money locally in shops and when using public services. By creating additional demand, they help support local jobs and services, strengthening the economic aspect of the community.
Developing construction skills
Potential students attending an open day at Buckinghamshire University Technical College
We are a partner of Buckinghamshire University Technical College, which will open in September 2013. The college will focus on construction and ICT (information and communication technology) studies for 14- to 19-year-olds. As the lead construction partner we are working with the college, other construction organisations and our subcontractors to develop a practical and effective curriculum. This will include subjects such as sustainability and heritage. We will also be working with the college’s ICT partners on joint projects, providing training in skills, support through mentoring and work-experience opportunities. The goal is for the students to be ‘work ready’ and able to demonstrate the qualities that employers are looking for in future employees.