More building control officers are needed and LABC has set up funds to train 150 new entrants, with a fully funded three-year learning and development plan.
Following the Building Safety Act 2022, LABC is strengthening building control capacity in light of new responsibilities and support from the Building Safety Regulator. The regulator will be responsible for ensuring the security of all new high-risk buildings and monitoring 12,000 existing occupied high-rise buildings.
LABC is looking for people who can demonstrate leadership, creative problem solving and work under pressure. The funded program means that learning and development will be fully subsidized and recruits will be paid while they study and progress.
The program provides trainees with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to be able to manage all construction works and other statutory functions undertaken by Building Control. Trainees will be supported as they undertake studies for Level 4 and 5 Building Control qualifications, followed by a funded Level 6 (Bachelor level) apprenticeship once they are in permanent employment with a local authority.
The educational program provided by LABC is combined with on-the-job learning gained through placement with a local authority building control team.
Once a trainee has completed each stage of the learning and gained enough experience, they can take the relevant validation assessment through the Building Safety Competence Foundation (BSCF).
After the three-year program, trainees will be able to apply for positions within local authority building control teams – this could be as an assistant building control inspector or higher, depending on their progress.
LABC Chief Executive Lorna Stimpson said: “Local authority building control performs a vital and important public service, they ensure that our buildings and cities are safe and healthy places to live and work. Building control professionals also play an important role in the UK’s response to the energy and climate crisis. The new responsibilities outlined in the Building Safety Act and the support LABC teams will provide to the new regulator mean the profession needs to grow. We have been working on this project for 18 months and are delighted to have secured funding to fully subsidize the learning and development of new entrants. This is a pivotal period for the project management profession; this recruitment program will bring in vital new recruits to strengthen the profession and make a real contribution to the communities where we live.
Program details are available at www.labc.co.uk/new-entrants