Why youth is the elixir of life for ailing construction industry

Could an injection of youth be the saviour of the construction industry?

The construction industry needs a steady stream of new recruits and apprenticeships to stimulate the market and get out of the recession.

Sky News this week was talking about all the young people flooding universities with applications to take “mickey mouse” subjects (Football studies anyone?).

Eamonn Holmes piped up with, “meanwhile we have no electricians, plumbers and hair dressers.”

While there are lots of established plumbers and electricians out there, more apprentices are needed to boost the market – after all, they are the future of the industry.

Yes, you are bound to get veteran plumbers or electricians out there with forty years experience in the industry, who say there’s no point training to become a plumber or electrician because there’s no work out there.

So what’s the industry going to do when they retire – collapse?

Have you ever considered they don’t want new people to join the industry because they might lose out on work?

Let’s consider the evidence. A number of construction experts have said more apprenticeships are needed to stimulate the industry.

Firstly, there’s Steve Turner, the Head of Communications at the Home Builders Federation (HBF). Mr Turner believes apprenticeships help to boost the amount of new property being constructed. He said:

 “The green agenda and the eco-homes agenda are great examples of where we are going to need qualified and trained people in the future. All parties need to be working together to ensure we have got that capacity and those skills for the coming years.”

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) seem to agree, and have said that the Green Deal, the Government’s jewel in their eco-friendly crown, will depend on a skilled workforce and a lot more apprentices than first thought. Originally 1,000 apprentices were thought to be needed for the Green Deal plans, but the FMB want to see that number increased.

The government also value the need for more apprenticeships and trainees. In this year’s Budget, the government announced they want to create 250,000 new apprenticeships by 2015 and 100,000 work placements for young people.

We’ve got a number of examples of students who are gaining valuable skills in the construction industry as they undertake their training. T4TS Radio has featured a number of stories from trainees with jobs. Here are a few examples for you:

“I’ve recently got a new job, which is fitting solar panels. I told them about my plan and the course that I’m on and they said as soon as I get to the relevant level in my electrician’s course, as soon as a position becomes available, I can move across to that.” – JOHN EVANS

“I’ve got an apprenticeship, so I work alongside a plumbing and heating engineer five days a week, so I get a lot of experience out on-site as well. With my job before I worked in a merchant so I knew a lot of plumbers that were coming in and out of the shop and I went round asking people that I got to know and it took me a while and eventually someone said to me I am looking for an apprentice now and it went from there.” – ASTON SKINNER

“I work for a property maintenance company actually, when I was doing some handyman jobs, some small leaks and repairs in homes, but I really need to upgrade myself, so that’s why I’m doing the electrical course.” – HAFIZ AZIZ

You can listen to John, Aston and Hafiz (as well as many more interviews) on T4TS Radio at www.train4tradeskills-radio.co.uk  or via AudioBoo at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills



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Posted on June 9, 2011, in Electrical News, electrician, electrician courses, electrician jobs, plumbing, plumbing courses, plumbing jobs, Plumbing News, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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