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Give youngsters a chance


SINCE writing about my position as an unemployed construction management graduate, I am glad to

notice that there is an awareness of the challenge of attracting youth into construction.

The industry has been hit for six by the recession, but there are strong signs that it is recovering. But what of the skills shortages and the future of the industry?

I am of the opinion that there needs to be a blend of experienced old hands and enthusiastic young construction workers.

More importantly, the blend of experience and youth needs to bond, so that the experienced

benefit from youthful enthusiasm and the young benefit from years of experience.

Stephen Hill spoke a few truths in his report, 'Getting better by degrees' (Construction News,

November 27).

He noted that money in the early stages of employment is a concern to graduates.

But my main concern at the moment is gaining experience, so that in the future I can become a

respected construction professional.

I compliment Hays Montrose on offering a graduate service and hope that it leads to many construction graduates realising their ambitions.

The Prime Minister wishes to see Britain become a beacon to the rest of the world in many fields, industry being one. Can the construction industry achieve this without injecting young blood into our industry?

Just for the record, I am still unemployed and have hit the CV trail one again, but I will never give up.

Dilwyn Roberts