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Why house building

House building has changed

The housing shortage has risen to the top of the political agenda for the first time in a generation. There’s a lot of arguments around what to do and why we’re here, but what everyone agrees on is the need to build more houses. Unfortunately at a time when we need to build houses more than ever, the UK faces a skills shortage that is inhibiting our ability to provide the necessary housing stock for future generations.

The Home Building Skills Partnership is a collaboration of over 70 of the biggest house builders in the country to tackle this issue. Young people have a lot of misconceptions around the home building industry despite it being a stable, rewarding and well-paid career for all kinds of people.

The industry has moved on in the past 20 years and we need a huge variety of talent to ensure future families can enjoy high quality homes. Building these homes is increasingly complex and the range of roles reflects this. From site managers and quantity surveyors to plumbers and sales assistants, there are careers for every young person.

It’s a fantastic time to join the industry. The sector is growing and is one of the few that can offer stability and good pay alongside the opportunity to get recognised qualifications while learning a trade that will last a lifetime. You could play an instrumental and influential role in helping young people match their talents to the wide-ranging needs and this site offers resources to help you do that. 

Key job roles

Below are a few (of many) house building jobs which we are looking to recruit in the home building industry. Click on each one to find out more.

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Bricklayer

Bricklayer

Bricklayers are responsible for setting out buildings by laying bricks, and pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mortar in accordance with approved house building plans. They build and repair walls, chimney stacks, tunnel linings and decorative work such as archways. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects and repair foundations. Bricklayers work outdoors and may have to work at heights or in tunnels and shafts. They usually work in teams. You can work on a range of projects, from creating a single conservatory to building brand new homes.
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Carpenter

Carpenter

Carpenters build and install the timber structural elements of a new home and the wooden interior fittings. They also install and remove temporary works used during the construction process.
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Dry liner

Dry liner

A dry liner creates the walls and rooms in a building using stud partitioning and plasterboard sheets. They also hide pipes and wires, create space for insulation and install partitions, suspended ceilings and raised flooring. This role can be combined with traditional plastering or other types of dry lining work and would suit someone who enjoys physical work, lifting and moving panels into place. Dry liners often use work platforms for fitting a ceiling.
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Engineer

Engineer

Key repsonsibilities include in-depth knowledge of the technical engineering function within a housing development. Understanding the structural and mechanical aspects of the development prior to site start and through the development's life cycle. Produce engineering drawings to the respective tradesman that detail the engineering elements of a house and the external infrastructure.
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Groundworker

Groundworker

Groundworkers and plant operators prepare a site prior to and during the building process. They ensure that the infrastructure to a building site is completed. Groundworkers ensure that every plot and dwelling on a development has adequate foundations, drainage, water and electrical connections. The team will also work on driveways, paths, roads and public open spaces on a development.
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Site Manager

Site Manager

Site managers run a new home building development. They are responsible for the houses being built safely, on time, on budget and to the highest quality. Site Managers prepare sites prior to the start of construction, plan their project build schedule, organise their specifications, budgets and general structure of the site.
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Plasterer

Plasterer

The plasterer makes walls and ceilings smooth and ready for decorating. They are skilled in applying different kinds of plaster to inside walls and ceilings to create outstanding finishes.
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Plumber

Plumber

Plumbers are predominantly responsible for the heating and water connections to a new house during its construction.
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Quantity Surveyor

Quantity Surveyor

A quantity surveyor works out exactly how much a house costs to construct and keeps a close eye on finances - from the first budget to the final bill. A Quantity Surveyor’s, job is very varied, from working in the office and regularly visiting sites to conduct material and sub-contractor control reports. This career suits people who are very good with figures and enjoy the challenge of "balancing the books" – managing the important financial paperwork throughout complex processes associated with building houses.
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Roofer

Roofer

Roofers ensure that a house is water tight and work at all heights and in all weather conditions. There are various roles within roofing, including sheeting and cladding and slater/tilers. Roofing operatives work on the protective layers of a home, which separate the inside from the elements using a range of materials, methods and structures.
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Sales Advisor

Sales Advisor

From customer-facing negotiations to the completion of administration work, sales advisors are responsible for the on-site property sales process. Sales advisors are responsible for delivering exceptional customer service and should maintain a strong level of enthusiasm, drive and determination. Sales advisors need a good understanding of the legal obligations and processes of selling a home.
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Tiler

Tiler

Tilers cover walls or floors with tiles, in areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
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