The HBF has called for government help in recruiting buildersA representative from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has warned that the construction industry could face a skills shortage unless the government does more to boost apprenticeship schemes.

HBF head of communications Steve Turner claimed the sector has a "very challenging agenda" ahead of it over the next few years, with the after-effects of the economic downturn still having an impact on many firms.

"If the government is serious about increasing housing supply, we have got to ensure that we have got the skills required in the future to do that," he explained. "The industry has got a part to play in that."

Mr Turner stressed that building companies must do their utmost to take on more new talent, but urged the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition to help meet the "national need" for new homes.

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Posted by Hayley Edwards