Attracting young talent into the construction / building product industries is an ongoing quandary for British industry and government alike.
Much has been proposed by Whitehall, which, for whatever reason (space & time too limited here), has been stalled or poo pooed by industry.
Taking a step further back, the below article demonstrates a real insight into the major problem facing construction, engineering et al. Putting it plainly, since 2012 there has only been a 0.6% increase in STEM A' Levels (science, tec, engineering, mathematics) whilst the associated industries are desperate for 182,000 new recruits between then and the next six years.
Publication of the latest A-Level results has prompted Aecom to call for urgent action to address the “worrying” decline in students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The company said that action is required to tackle a worrying decline in STEM student numbers since last year, coupled with an insufficient average annual increase of just 0.61% since 2012. The marginal increase in STEM A-Levels since 2012 barely “scratches the surface” of the UK’s engineering shortfall, said Richard Robinson, chief executive for civil infrastructure, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at Aecom.