To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2016, Pentland Homes invited construction students from Ashford College to their popular Scholars Village development to gain some valuable on-site experience.
Students were given a typical operative induction followed by a site tour, and learned about the varied career paths available in the construction industry.
Chris Tyler, Work Place Coordinator for the college, said, “This was a great opportunity for our students to meet employers face-to-face and learn the important aspects of a development programme of this scale, such as health and safety and environmental considerations. They also obtained invaluable information on accessing Apprenticeships and employer expectations.”
In additional to a well-documented skilled labour shortage, construction is experiencing the impact of an aging workforce, with few people under thirty coming in to the industry to replace those reaching retirement age.
As a company with two-and-a-half times more women employees than the industry average, it was particularly important for Pentland Homes to communicate to the female students that, as the Construction Youth Trust’s campaign argues, construction is certainly ‘not just for boys.’
In recent years, Pentland Homes has experienced unprecedented growth. But this level of growth requires a great deal of labour, and with a reputation built on quality, finding skilled craftsmen in an industry suffering a labour shortage is no mean feat. Sales and Marketing Director, Julia Price, believes housebuilders must make themselves part of the solution:
“Encouraging more young women, and young people generally, in to the construction industry and ensuring they are work-ready will not be solved overnight, but if housebuilders are going to meet the demand of an increasing population, we all have a role to play.”
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016
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