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Recruiters struggle to fill vacancies with young people

A recent survey carried out by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) highlights the importance of encouraging young people to enter engineering courses as recruiters struggle to fill vacancies.

Skills gaps for young people According the report the rising inflation and a shortage of skilled workers in the engineering sector have become the primary concern for its members. With large amounts of public money set aside for huge infrastructure projects in the UK, such as HS2 and Crossrail, the CECA’s members are expecting their workloads to increase considerably over the next year.

The boost in demand is a positive sign for the industry and the wider economy, but without the necessary work force the engineering sector risks progress being impeded. Read more

Renovated launderette transformed into a youth centre

River Christian Centre (RCC) in partnership with youth charity XLP, have renovated a disused launderette to transform it into a youth and community space.

The aim is to provide a safe and engaging place for young people to relax and socialize while they try out activities and learn new skills. The centre also features a sound studio, which it is hoped will provide arts-based mentoring for young people. Read more

National schemes to tackle youth unemployment are not working

The Local Government Association (LGA) said the current system is over-complicated, with 35 different national schemes across 13 different age boundaries costing £15bn a year.
Research by the LGA also shows a drop of 8% in the number of young people in England who started a scheme last year compared with three years ago.


The government has insisted it is not complacent about youth unemployment.

The LGA said 50,000 fewer jobless young people are getting help from job schemes today, than was the case three years ago, despite long-term youth unemployment remaining stubbornly high.

The LGA added that not only is the national system too complicated, but that “meddling” by successive governments has made the situation worse.
For example, the LGA claims that only 27% of 16 and 17-year-olds starting the government’s Youth Contract were helped into training or work. Read more