Construction Week Highlights Importance of Education-Business Links

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), November 9, 2006 | Go to article overview

Construction Week Highlights Importance of Education-Business Links


Events that take place during National Construction Week provide an ideal opportunity for young people to learn more about the UK's largest industry and the wide range of careers that are available.

And the fact that there is currently a nationwide shortage of skilled construction workers means it's an excellent time to think seriously about what the industry can offer.

At Careers Wales, we're committed to encouraging young people - both male and female and across the whole of the skills range - to consider possible careers within the industry by promoting the sheer diversity of jobs available, and a dedicated week such as this provides the ideal opportunity to do so.

In Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan for example, the CITB-ConstructionSkills Curriculum Centre that operates within Careers Wales Cardiff and Vale's Education Business Partnership (EBP), works with employers, local primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges during National Construction Week and indeed throughout the year to raise awareness of the industry and the opportunities it affords.

Activities include co-ordinating work experience placements, including simulated work experience, site visits, Saturday clubs for young people to develop practical skills, taster days, initiatives which aim to encourage more females to consider the industry, teacher and lecturer placements and projects which support the teaching of specific subjects in schools and colleges including Science and Design and Technology. …

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