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Work with the agencies


Sir, The CITB recruitment drive aimed at 14 to19-year-olds is welcome news for an industry suffering from a chronic lack of new entrants and skilled candidates. But there has been a notable absence from the channels the CITB intends to use - agencies and intermediary firms.

While the use of media such as the internet and beer mat advertising will improve awareness among younger candidates, the considerable databases of candidates held by agencies present an opportunity to develop mobility among the construction workforce and could help in the effort to encourage experienced workers to return to the sector.

Peter Cooper business manager Reed Engineering