2014 - April 2014

Jobs for young people in the Construction Industry – 10/04/14

Simon Carr

Managing Director Simon Carr attended the recent launch of a report from a Parliamentarians’ Inquiry at the House of Commons, Westminster.  The inquiry was supported by the Chartered Institute of Building and the Construction Industry Training Board.

The report “No More Lost Generations: Creating Construction Jobs for Young People “  follows an inquiry into how more young people can be employed in construction and was conducted by a commission of Parliamentarians drawn from both houses and the three main parties.  The commission found that a drastic fall in apprenticeship training has come at a time when the £100bn-plus construction industry is forecast to need 182,000 more workers in the next five years.

The purpose of the inquiry was twofold: to investigate the barriers to training and employment of young people in the construction industry; and to find ways to ensure investment in the sector leaves a lasting legacy for communities  and creates a sustainable, better skilled industry.

The downturn in the economy had a devastating effect on construction, with 400,000 job losses and one of the highest redundancy rates of any sector.  The impact was particularly felt on recruitment of young people, where apprenticeships have plummeted.  Employment forecasts show that more than 182,000 construction jobs are set to be created in the next four years. Henry Boot Construction is fully supportive of the CITB’s Training Summit and the CITB’s revitalised apprenticeship strategy”.

Simon Carr, Managing Director, Henry Boot Construction Limited

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