While employers place great importance on work experience, more than bosses in any other industries, they are less likely to offer it because of a lack of time, resources or suitable roles.
This CITB report into work readiness found that:
- Work experience, when it is offered, it tends to be short duration
- Overall, only 23% of construction employers, compared with an average of 38% across the economy, offered any type of work placement
- Construction employers, more than any others, find many young recruits are poorly prepared for work
- This judgement applies to nearly half (49%) of school-leavers, to 29% of Further Education (FE) leavers, and 18% of university leavers.