A recent article within Construction Enquirer, a free online news feed with more than 48,000 subscribers, suggests that "half of school age children have never been given any information on possible jobs in construction by teachers or careers advisers."
The new research from Redrow, a leading UK house builder, revealed that:
Half (50%) of young people questioned answered “no” when asked if information on careers in construction had ever been discussed with them verbally by a teacher or had been made readily available in careers literature.
Just 30% of young men questioned said a career in construction was a possibility for them and just 16% of young women.
More than half (52%) of young people had never given a career in construction any consideration.
Nearly a third (32%) of the young people stated that they hadn’t received information at school on apprenticeships.
More than half (55%) of young people believe that “a career in construction mostly involves manual labour”
Nearly one in five (19%) of young people believe a career in construction does not require any qualifications beyond GCSEs.
Together, with other industry role models, we need to better communicate the range of careers available in construction and the extent of the benefits on offer.
David James, Managing Director of Blackthorn Homes, has in the past attended a 'Careers for the Future' convention at a local school, providing students with an insight into the opportunities available in Property Development.