City at the centre of a new initiative to employ youth

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A HOUSING consumer protection organisation based in Milton Keynes has helped launch a new way for young people to start careers in the construction industry.

NHBC, in Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, in conjunction with the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF), ConstructionSkills and Milton Keynes College launched the Pathway to Construction (PtC) initiative in the city.

The initiative has been launched to tackle a situation where apprentices have been shed in the recent recession, causing under-recruitment in occupations including construction.

PtC provides the opportunity for a young person on a first year full-time construction course to gain up to 16 weeks’ work experience with a local employer. Employers will receive up to £1,040 funding per student over the 16-week placement.

David Drummond, head of construction at Milton Keynes College, said: “It is an unfortunate consequence of the recent recession that some employers in the construction industry have been reluctant to employ new apprentices.

“Milton Keynes College champions training and skills across the construction industry and we hope the PtC initiative will showcase the value and benefits to employers that apprenticeships can bring”.

David Towell, project manager at NHBC added that the initiative complements its role of raising standards in the house building industry. Contact David Towell on 01908 747030 or email dtowell@nhbc.co.uk