Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Better Construction Training Needed; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Better Construction Training Needed; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE

Article excerpt

CURRENT construction training levels leave a lot to be desired. This was re-affirmed a few weeks ago when a popular construction website ran an article about national contractor, Seddon, and how they are calling for a revolution in training to stop those coming into the industry from completing courses which don't properly equip them with the basic skills they need to succeed.

In a recent apprenticesship drive, the organisation received 870 applications for the 70 apprenticeship places they are hoping to create over the next twelve months - nothing new for construction, or for any other industry at present. However, it doesn't end there; nearly half of the students who applied for the positions had already studied or were currently studying a college course. This begs the question, why are those currently on college courses, os r who have completed courses, now looking to complete a practical course? Students, in particular those students from colleges or universities, generally aren't as 'work ready' as those students who complete an apprenticeship or other 'on-thejob' experience. In today's tough job market, employers are looking for people who can come into the job and 'hit the ground running' not people whom they need to train up to the standard required. At a time when construction is shouting about a skills shortage, thousands of young people on college courses are stagnating and are not ready to get jobs- something needs to change quickly.

Seddon, and other organisations, now want to work more closely with colleges to provide youngsters with paid work experience placements to give them the necessary industry experience, alongside the theory knowledge, to be as ready as possible for the working world. Although it sounds like a great idea, colleges up and down the country will not be as enthusiastic about it as those in the construction industry. …

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