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Ian Williams’ team confirmed to speak at the NHMF Maintenance Conference 2019 on the issue of ‘Skillexit’ – what happens when there are no skills left?

Posted: 19th November 2018

A team from Ian Williams have been invited to present at the National Housing Maintenance Forum 2019 Conference on the self-titled subject of ‘Skillexit’. The presenters will be debating what happens when there are no skills left and why it’s critical that apprenticeships and training need to be placed top of the housing maintenance sector agenda.

Executive Director, Mike Turner, one of four Ian Williams’ representatives speaking at the conference comments: “The maintenance and repair of the UK’s housing stock is completely dependent upon the employment of an efficient and sufficiently skilled workforce. The drain on this resource is escalating due to an aging workforce, reduction in apprenticeships and the threat of Brexit on our migrant workforce.

“Without intervention, costs will rise and quality will decline to levels not experienced before, making Skillexit a highly fitting term. The impact of Skillexit may see organisations withdraw from the sector as they are unable to fulfil the obligations placed upon them by their clients. This workshop will seek to uncover the reality and identify how employers can address the skills’ challenge.”

Sian Pearce, Training and Development Manager comments: “With Ian Williams’ commitment to direct delivery of our services, we are well placed to share best practice. We will be discussing the lessons we’ve learned, the challenges we’ve faced and the progress we’ve made, especially with our Academy which was recently Highly Commended in the prestigious CITB Large Apprentice Employer of the Year Award. Getting apprentices in place and sustainable training programmes to encourage long careers in the housing maintenance sector is going to be even more critical for the health of our industry – and economy – as a whole.”

Also representing Ian Williams, will be Jo Down, Academy Officer, one of the team that looks after 62 trade apprentices, 45 Trainee Surveyors, and 4 staff apprentices; and someone with a unique perspective who is currently experiencing what it’s like to be a Business Apprentice, Santino Saladino.

For more information visit: https://www.nhmf.co.uk/conference/timetable/?sessionid=263