Aspiring building control officers are offered a fully funded training program that will pay them a competitive salary while in school.

The course, launched by the Local Authority Building Control (LABC), is part of an initiative to attract new recruits to the profession following the coming into force of the Building Safety Act in April.

The LABC is a membership organization representing building control professionals working for local authorities, providing technical advice and offering accredited training.

The three-year training program was put in place before the full implementation of the new building security regulator.

It will see over 150 people recruited into the building control profession with a clear progression path and will be fully subsidized, meaning recruits will be paid while in school and have no education debt.

LABC Chief Executive Lorna Stimpson said: “This is a pivotal time for the building control 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.

The program aims to provide trainees with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to be able to competently manage all construction work and other statutory functions undertaken by building control.

“Local authority building control performs a vital and important public service, ensuring our buildings and cities are safe and healthy places to live and work,” Stimpson said.

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“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 means the profession needs to grow.”

The building safety regulator is already partly in force, with the Health and Safety Executive being a statutory consultant for planning applications for buildings over 18m in height.

Controls for gateways two and three of the regulator, respectively for construction starts and completions, could be implemented by the middle of next year.

Details on how to apply for the training program can be found here