DEMAND for training in the construction sector remains buoyant – despite concerns about prospects for the industry in the wake of public sector spending cuts and subdued consumer spending.
That was the message from a successful open day staged by Kirklees Construction Skills Academy, based at Bridgcroft Mills, Milnsbridge.
More than180 parents and youngsters attended the event and tried their hand at skills including bricklaying, joinery and plastering.
They were given information about the opportunities on offer by Clinton Stringer, head of construction at the academy, which has about 240 trainees on its books.
The accredited academy also has 40 Foundation Learning students.
The 14 to 16-year-olds come from schools across Kirklees to gainBTEC level 1 or 2 qualifications. Level 1 is equivalent to three GCSEs while level 2 is equivalent to four GCSEs.
Mr Stringer said: “The open day attracted a great deal of interest from parents and students.
“Despite the economic climate, construction remains a popular industry for new entrants.
“We have a good success rate in getting students into jobs and full apprenticeships across Kirklees.
“During the recession, a lot of people left the industry, so we continue to have significant skills shortages.”
Kirklees Construction Skills Academy opened in December, 2008, to provide training for teenagers and adults in skills such as plastering, plumbing, joinery, brickwork, electrical installation and tiling.