Placing her support firmly behind this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (3 -7 March), Executive Director Christine Townley said: “At Construction Youth Trust we are passionate about helping young people overcome barriers so that they can join the industry and develop fulfilling careers.
“A recent report from Parliamentarians highlighting the fall off in the number of apprentices entering the sector is desperately disappointing. The appeal made by co-chairmen Lord Best and Nick Raynsford MP for more industry support for apprenticeships is dear to our hearts. For many years we have been working very closely with construction employers to help make a difference to young people’s lives. But we urgently need more employers to come forward and offer apprenticeships to the thousands of young people we know who would flourish in a construction environment. And it’s crucial that the industry should be collaborative about recruitment not competitive if we are going to make a change.”
Many of the young people helped by Construction Youth Trust were unemployed and struggling to find support and guidance before they became apprentices with the Trust’s help.