Our new project, Building Young Lives Through Construction Careers, looks to bridge the gap between young people and construction careers

We are very excited to launch our new multi-faceted Building Young Lives Through Construction Careers project, funded by the CITB Pathways into Construction programme.

Through the Building Young Lives through Construction Careers project we will work with industry, colleges, training partners and other stakeholders to identify the most effective ways of supporting young people, particularly those that are NEET (not in education, employment or training) and college leavers, into sustainable employment. By the end of the project, we will summarise our learning into a best practice guide aimed at helping employers, particularly SMEs and supply chain companies, to attract, recruit and retain diverse young talent.

Before the project begins in earnest, we want to understand all the existing strategies and initiatives that have previously worked, as well as identifying the barriers involved in connecting young people to construction careers; particularly within SME’s and the supply chain. Alongside our own extensive experience, we will conduct a wide ranging series of interviews  with our stakeholders aiming to pinpoint the difficult moments in a young person’s career journey that see them either fail to secure or retain employment.

Over the course of 3 years we will methodically test and evaluate the ways in which the sector engages with young people to inspire them about construction careers and how industry as a whole can support them into sustainable fulltime employment. 

Of the Pathways in to Construction initiative Stephen Cole, CITB Head of Careers Strategy, said: “With thousands of jobs being created in the coming years, Pathways Into Construction will demonstrate that we need to stop fishing in only half the pond and diversify the talent pool to meet future skills needs.

"We’ll explore the best routes, which employers can adopt in future, to bring under-represented groups into the industry, not only filling the skills gap but also supporting employers by recruiting domestic talent with Brexit on the horizon.”

We will be running the Building Young Lives Through Construction project across our current hubs, utilising our strong industry and community links in each hub. Throughout the project we hope to build a network of industry employers, referral partner organisations and training/FE providers that will continue beyond the life of the project, supporting our mission that every young person has the opportunity and ability to achieve their full career potential and build brighter futures.