CYT launches Campaign to boost work placements across Construction Industry
The initiative aims to encourage young people, parents and teachers, and the industry to consider work experience placements in construction.
"We believe that to encourage young people to enter the industry and help fill the skills gap, they need to understand the sector and get a taste of the wide range roles which are available to them – particularly those which they may not have been aware of", said the Construction Youth Trust in a note.
"Work experience placements are vital to this – 1-2 weeks where a young person can shadow employees in multiple roles and really understand the opportunities on offer. All too often, work experience placements are undertaken by those who have friends or family in the industry – but the Trust want to challenge this and broaden the reach to those who might not otherwise get a foot in the door."
"The construction industry suffers from negative perceptions, and opening its doors to welcome students is a crucial step towards challenging these misconceptions. As the current workforce ages and retires, it is their responsibility to pass on their knowledge and experience."
Sarah Richardson, editor of the Building, added: “Construction offers a hugely varied range of career opportunities for young people, but many are simply not aware of the roles on offer as they have no contact with those working in the industry."
To get involved in the #ExperienceConstruction Campaign, you can pledge a placement, or share a story of how a work experience placement has had a positive impact on your career.