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Young people turned off construction

Fewer young people believe construction or engineering to be a respected occupation, recruitment consultant Consensus has warned in a new study.
The findings emerged from a year-long study into work attitudes of more than 1,000 adults.

It shows that only 75 per cent of 16-24 year olds think jobs such as architects, building services engineers and construction managers are worthwhile compared to 86 per cent of adults overall.

Consensus boss Martin Tyrrell warned that more young people need to be encouraged to think about careers working in the built environment if Britain is to keep up.

He said: 'With major construction needs after London's successful Olympic bid, and the expansion in social housing and infrastructure, British companies must be able to rely on new talent coming through.'

'It's partly a communication issue too. With large numbers of younger people saying they simply don't know if the sector is a good or bad career choice, we need to tell them about all the modern technology, enlightened attitudes and up to date benefits that forward-looking firms provide.'

Scotland was the top region endorsing jobs in the sector and the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside and Greater London had lower than average levels of confidence in a construction or engineering career.'

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