Employers told us they found it difficult recruiting from this pool. Just one in ten young people (4,000 out of 40,000) with low level skills progress from pre-employment programmes into a job.
Building social capital - improving young people’s employability skills and motivation - is key to increasing construction opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
This report into under-represented young people found that:
- Two thirds (69%) of employers participate in initiatives offering entry for new entrants but only a quarter offer opportunities for young people
- Just over two fifths (42%) told us they found it difficult to recruit from this pool
- Just one in 10 young people (4,000 out of 40,000) with low level skills progress from pre-employment programmes into a job
- A poor perception of construction amongst the youth unemployed means that despite the job and training opportunities available, industries such as hotels and the restaurant sector are more successful in attracting young people with comparable backgrounds.