The Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors says it supports a call by housing minister Brandon Lewis for personnel retiring from the armed services to consider new careers building homes.
Lewis has gone on record as saying: “Housebuilding levels are now more than double those seen in 2009 – meaning developers need more skilled workers than ever. Men and women who have served our country in our armed forces are well-equipped with the skills that the industry needs – such as opportunities in construction, civil engineering and the built environment sector.”
Now Sean Tompkins, chief executive of RICS, has backed the initiative.
“Mass skills shortages continue to blight construction with 63 per cent of our profession identifiying labour shortages as an obstacle to development and 40 per cent having to turn down work because of it” says Tompkins.
“Harnessing the transferable skills of some of these ex-service personnel in order to fill gaps in all of the major construction trades as well as the wider project management needs across the sector, will be vital to solving the UK’s housing shortfall” he adds.
“Finding a workable solution to the national emergency in British housing requires a supply-side revolution across all factors of supply – most notably, labour.”