The challenge that faces the building industry is succession; who are the young people who’ll become the builders, joiners, electricians, plumbers, brickies, stonemasons and roofers of the future?

The guys over at Tool Box Buzz have pondered this on their blog in a great article entitled "Engaging Young Minds in the Trades".

tool box buzz kids in the tradesTodd states the following:

As a father of two young children I often wonder where life’s path will take them when they fall into a career some day. I also think back to my own childhood and remember watching my dad (a carpenter) work countless hours trying to make ends meet. He would constantly instill in me that I needed to go away to college one day so I didn’t need to pound nails for a living. It’s really the same story that’s been told for generations, parents inspiring their children to have a better job and life than they did.

I am suggesting that we stop creating a stigma around certain careers that are centered on a technical education like construction and manufacturing jobs. We need to promote those careers so that they are also seen as respectable careers.

We’d love to know your thoughts about this dilemma in the UK building trade. How are you inspiring young people to take up the trades?

We’d also love to hear from you if you’re a young person who’s working your way through a trade apprenticeship, what inspired you to take this route?

Share with us in the comments below!

Photo from the Tool Box Buzz blog.

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