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Up to 800 youngsters from schools across the West Midlands will be getting hands on experience of life in the construction industry at this year at Building People events on Tuesday 9th October and Friday 12th October.

The free events, which are taking place at Enginuity at Ironbridge Gorge, Telford and at Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, are happening as part of National Construction Week, a nationwide campaign to promote the construction industry to young people.

The 13 - 19 year-olds will be given the chance to take part in a variety of hands-on activities. These will range from constructing radio towers to wallpapering and building walls. There will also be a competitive element as the school children will be encouraged to build the strongest crane and the fastest buggy.

As well as enjoying new challenges, the school children can also benefit from professional advice on how to write their CVs.

The day is being organised by Walker Technical Recruitment. Tim Walker of the company said: It is well known that there is a massive shortfall in the numbers of people entering the construction industry the latest estimate is that 430,000 new recruits will be needed over the next five years to meet demand for new schools, homes, roads and hospitals.

The aim of the day is to encourage more school leavers to consider the various trades and skills that the construction industry has to offer.

Adrian Grimes, construction manager at Wates Group, added: When people think about construction, they often think that it just involves building walls, but there is so much more to it than that. There are vacancies in the industry for skilled people in every area, from plumbing to engineering and for men and women.

It's an industry that is not being considered enough, and that is what the day is all about, to encourage school and college leavers to add construction jobs to their potential list of career options.

Recent research by the House Builders Federation revealed 73 per cent of companies reported that a shortage of suitably skilled site labourers was impacting on their activities and that 57 per cent were affected by a shortage of professional staff.

More details on National Construction Week can be found on

Stands are available at the event,please contact Lorraine Walker (details below) or why not sponsor a local school or organise a challenge, it is our responsibility as construction organisations to promote the positive future of our industry so play a part in National Construction Week.

For more information on NCW or about Building People contact Lorraine Walker on 01691 610777 or email

For more information, please contact: Lorraine Walker 01691 610777