Homes Work aimed to shout about the good work that the housing sector is already doing, while pushing organisations to deliver more.

We wanted to encourage young people to think about a career in housing and construction – and help people of all ages obtain the skills they need to find sustainable employment.

The campaign also demonstrated that investment in housing not only helps the housing crisis, it brings economic benefit to communities across the UK.

A total of 1.04 million young people in the UK between the ages of 16 and 24 are not in education, employment or training according to the most recent statistics*.

In order to help tackle the huge scale of this problem and help get people of all ages into sustainable employment, Inside Housing launched the Homes Work campaign in March 2014, in partnership with social enterprise Building Lives, which runs five training academies across London.

The campaign closed in June 2014 with the support of politicians, housing providers, sector bodies, developers and contractors. More than 100 organisations and individuals committed their support, with 78 social landlords pledging to provide at least 1,892 apprenticeships and training opportunities during 2014/15.

The campaign had three main aims:

*between October and December 2013, according to Officer for National Statistics.

Political support for the campaign:

Kris Hopkins, housing minister, said about Homes Work: “House building is a virtuous circle. Help to Buy and our work to get Britain building are creating new opportunities across the country for budding builders and tradesman. Every new home creates jobs, and local businesses and suppliers pick up new orders.

“But homes don’t build themselves. We need more apprentices to get the job done. So I’d urge more people to consider the industry as a starting point for their career, and developers to offer more apprenticeships to develop the skills that support high quality house building in the future.”

Emma Reynolds MP, Labour shadow housing minister, said: "Labour is committed to tackling the housing crisis which is why we have committed to increasing house building to 200,000 homes a year by 2020. Increasing house building won’t just bring more badly needed homes, it will also create thousands of job opportunities.

‘I want to ensure that the next generation have access to those homes but also those jobs, which is why I warmly welcome the campaign by Inside Housing to boost the apprenticeship and training opportunities for young people.’

Gordon Birtwistle MP, Liberal Democrat government ambassador for apprenticeships, said: “I think this is an extremely worthwhile campaign. Apprenticeships are the way forward; they provide on-the-job training and offer a wage with a career at the end of it. I started my working life as an apprentice and I have never looked back since.

“Over 80% of businesses who employ apprentices agree they make their workforce more productive. I am thrilled that the Liberal Democrats in Government have created 1.5m apprenticeships, more than ever before, and we are working to create even more.”

Industry support for the campaign:

The Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Federation of Housing have backed Homes Work along with more than 20 social landlords and major house builders.

Brian Johnson, of Metropolitan which created 136 apprentices in 2013/14, said: "We are delighted to be supporting this important campaign. Housing associations have a key role to play in helping residents get in to work and apprenticeships are an invaluable route.'

Wayne Gales, of South Liverpool Homes which will create 60 apprentices over four years, said: "SLH is delighted to support the Homes=Work campaign. Providing opportunities for local people to gain work experience through apprenticeships is a high on our agenda..."