Skills gap targeted as guide to employing next generation published

Construction leaders are smashing the barriers that block young people from entering the industry as part of plans to attract a new generation into the sector.

The Strategic Forum for Construction, working with the Construction Leadership Council, today publishes comprehensive guidance for companies who want to give under 18s their first step in the industry.

Currently many businesses that want to provide jobs and work experience to under 18s face difficulties due to perceived issues including safety regulations, insurances and safeguarding. This is stopping young people from getting a foothold in the sector at precisely the time when many are making their career choices.

The Strategic Forum Guidance for Employing Young People provides clear information on how under 18s should be introduced to the industry and managed once employed, as well as a sample risk assessment to help employers.

The guidance, which was an agreed action within Construction 2025 and has been developed by Build UK, is available on the Strategic Forum’s website at

Build UK chief executive Suzannah Nichol said: “in the race for talent our industry faces significant recruitment challenges over the next decade. There is a generation that is ready to meet our needs, yet we may miss them if we make it difficult for them to get a taste of our sector through a first job or work experience. We hope that this guidance will give employers the confidence to give young people, under the age of 18, an opportunity to see the broad range of careers construction offers”.


For further details please contact Alasdair Reisner on 0207 340 0454 or