Thursday, September 12, 2019

Modular Housing Manufacturer Launches Modular Construction Academy

Modular housing manufacturer ilke Homes has launched its first onsite academy to train the next generation of housebuilders and engineers in manufacturing homes in factories, to help ease the current construction skills and housing crisis.

The ilke Academy, based in Knaresborough,England says it will hire people from all walks of life, including school-leavers, military veterans and ex-offenders.

The business also wants to encourage more women into the sector. These groups are under-represented in traditional construction and manufacturing, the firm said.

Dave Sheridan, executive chairman of ilke Homes, said: “We have a responsibility to help people from all backgrounds find employment and for too long, the construction sector has sat on its hands while the skills shortage has hit crisis point.

“Creating local jobs and helping get more women and young people into the sector have to be priorities.

“The government has ambitious targets to build new homes and only through investment in factories will this realistically happen.

“Investment will only flow if the right skills exist and that’s why we are keen to collaborate with everyone in the industry.”

The ilke Academy will be based next to the ilke Homes factory in Knaresborough, which currently has the capacity to produce 2,000 homes a year.

It will enable new recruits and existing staff to learn a range of new skills including engineering, plumbing, manufacturing, carpentry and design.

The academy will welcome 162 new recruits and further the training of current ilke Homes employees, with applications open to 17-year olds through to those extending their career beyond retirement.

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