Attracting a new generation into the construction industry
Build UK and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new work experience guide for the construction industry, designed to make it as easy as possible for companies to provide work experience placements that provide a stepping stone into longer term work or training – building on the excellent work many are already doing.
With almost a fifth of those working in construction aged over 55, and ambitious Government programmes in infrastructure and housing underway, boosting construction recruitment is crucial.
Advice on tailoring placements for school age students, interns and career changers, as well as examples of good practice in the industry are all included in the guide, which has been produced in collaboration with Class of Your Own.
Discussing the launch of the scheme, Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma, said:
“Construction is a hugely important sector adding £138 billion a year to the economy and employing 3.1 million people.
“It’s an industry full of opportunity for a new generation – but they have to know about it and be excited about a career there if they are to make the most of what it has to offer.
“That’s exactly where work experience comes in, providing a stepping stone into the industry and a launch pad for the new generation.”