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WEARSIDE construction firms are being urged to help school-leavers build a brighter future.

A new initiative being piloted by skills agency CITB-ConstructionSkills across Sunderland is giving youngsters the opportunity to enrol on a two–four week work experience placement, as part of its new scheme called Experience Construction.

The scheme has been devised by the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board to give more young people an important first step in their career and provide opportunities directly in their local area.

Experience Construction is one way of helping young people to try out new careers before deciding on their future, particularly those who are not employed or in education and training, and to find opportunities on their doorstep.

Mick Hamill is Regional Delivery Manager for CITB-ConstructionSkills in the North East said: “This is a great opportunity for construction companies to put themselves forwards and make a crucial contribution to the industry.

“While the sector still faces challenges, it is important we are making sure quality new entrants continue to enter the workforce to prevent a skills gap in the future. I urge companies in Sunderland to contact us to find out more information.”

For more information contact CITB-ConstructionSkills on 0300 456 5824.