One of the challenges facing the construction industry and the community at large is the declining number of young people starting and completing construction trade apprenticeships.
In an effort to address youth unemployment and the lack of skilled labour in the construction industry, the federal government recently offered incentives to companies to encourage them to hire young people to train as apprentices.
In some parts of the country, youth unemployment is as high as 25 per cent. Also new apprenticeship registrations have fallen 20 per cent between 2014 and 2015. As an article on Sourceable.net pointed out, we need to look at ways to create greater practical exposure to construction trades for students to help them understand the nature of the work and make informed choices when the elect to pursue a skilled trades career.