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Employers should help youth discover a trade

Sir,

I AM ALWAYS reading about the lack of youngsters coming up through the building trades, which seems to give the impression that the youth of today is not interested in the construction industry.

I am an avid reader and fan of Construction News, and I am employed as a job search tutor for Action for Employment in Scunthorpe, delivering the New Deal to 18 to 25-year-olds, so I know that this is not the case.

During the course of my employment I work with dozens and dozens of young people who would dearly love to train to become bricklayers, joiners, electricians and plumbers and so on, but there are not the opportunities out there.

So, come on you employers, join the New Deal and help us train our youth of today to become quality trades people!

I myself am a bricklayer by trade, working my way up through the ranks from being a five-year bonded apprentice to becoming a site manager.

If it were not for my recent ill health I would still be a construction worker.

It is a profession that I dearly love and for this reason I want to help our youth to enjoy the industry by having pride in their achievements and also by becoming good at their chosen trades.

Geoff Todd

Action for Employment

Scunthorpe

North Lincolnshire