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Construction Youth Trust urges employers to support apprenticeship drive

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....

Higher Level Apprenticeships - An Employer's View

Richard Bonner of EC Harris discusses the importance of the availability of alternative entry routes into the industry. The current economic climate and the recent rise in tuition fees means that more school and college leavers will be considering alternative options to full time degree courses over the coming years. Earning a salary whilst gaining further qualifications and professional expertise is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect.

In September 2012, university tuition fees for full time degree courses increased to £6,000 - £9,000 per year. We are now...

Is the industry nurturing young talent?

The construction industry does much to nurture young talent but with the opportunities unfolding I’m sure it needs to do more. It is vital that the industry plans for the future and secures the talent and skills needed, so that it has recruited effectively for the workforce of tomorrow.

Many industries, construction included, are facing a skills gap where a retiring workforce is taking with it invaluable skills and years of experience. There is a lack of young people coming into the industry to sustain it. For this reason we all need to be doing more to nurture new talent and...

Engineering apprenticeship success for London locals

15 young people from diverse backgrounds have been supported into competitive advanced engineering apprenticeships positions through our pre-Apprenticeship programme. The scheme, as part of our Budding Brunels programme, aimed to increase diversity within the 2013 intake of apprentices working for companies within the London Technician Apprenticeship Consortium, as well as delivering industry-led careers guidance and employability. T

he programme played a significant role in the delivery of a Royal Academy of Engineering-funded project undertaken by Mott MacDonald, on behalf of the...

Could we do more to help young people find apprenticeships and traineeships?

As apprenticeships come into the spotlight again with National Apprenticeship Week (11-15 March) fast approaching, I have been asking myself if we are doing enough in the Construction industry to help young people find training opportunities.

I find it frustrating that the numbers of apprenticeships and traineeships in areas such as personal training and media are soaring whilst not enough people are being trained in areas such as construction and building services. We know there are jobs in our sector and so we need to match that with training opportunities. With the help...

Advanced Technician Apprenticeships 2013

The Trust is leading recuitment for apprenticeships for those aged 16-18 interested in Engineering.

The Trust has recently been funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, Transport for London, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to recruit 60 candidates for at least 30 Advanced Technician Apprenticeships in Civil or Building Services Engineering. The placements are being provided by 28 engineering consultancy practices and construction companies.

This is an opportunity for students aged 16-18 to earn while they learn, spending 4 days...

Young people not in education or training tops one million

According to latest figures from the Department of Education there are still more than a million young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England.

I find this figure very concerning and think it is time that we all did more to give these young people the opportunities they so desperately need.

With almost a fifth of 19-24-year-olds being classified as NEET we need to find a way of reaching them and showing them there are opportunities for training and employment within construction. By raising awareness of the industry we can help them to see...

Christine Townley talks about youth unemployment and how we can help

The CIPD reported recently that although companies know they have a role to play in tackling youth unemployment, a quarter have not employed anyone aged 16-24 in the last 12 months.

I am astonished that a whole generation of workers are being ignored and really concerned, not only for young people desperately trying to get work, but also for industries who are not investing in the workforce of tomorrow.

One of the greatest challenges for any industry is how to ensure they plan for the future, not only in terms of investment and growth but also securing the talent and skills...

Are Apprenticeships Letting Young People Down?

Christne Townley, Executive Director of the Trust talks on how the current approach to training is failing young people.

New research by the Local Government Association reveals that thousands of young people in England are becoming qualified for jobs that don't actually exist. The numbers of apprenticeships in areas such as hair and beauty workers, personal trainers and media professionals are soaring whilst not enough people are being trained in areas such as construction and building services, where there are jobs. The LGA is warning that this huge ‘skills mismatch...

Apprenticeship Success for Built2Work Trainees

Built2Work, an innovative Hackney-based construction training course, is celebrating the apprenticeship success of three young participants.

Two trainees have landed apprenticeships with local employer Hackney Homes and one with apprenticeship provider Reds10.

Built2Work is a free four-week introduction to construction course for young Hackney residents aged 16-25. A partnership between Woodberry Works, led by Manor House Development Trust, and Construction Youth Trust, the aim of the course is to give participants hands-on experience of a range of construction trades. This...