As of March 2020, workplaces and schools were ordered to close and exams were cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many feared the education of young people would suffer as it falls behind. Alternative methods of teaching, such as online teaching, became the way forward. Education and training systems have yet to return to pre-pandemic conditions. Global youth employment fell by 8.7 per cent in 2020, compared with 3.7 per cent for adults.
In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared the 15th of July as World Youth Skills Day. World Youth Skills Day was created to celebrate the importance of equipping young people with skills needed for employment. World Youth Skills Day 2021 aims to celebrate the resilience and creativity of youth throughout the pandemic crisis and focuses on how educational systems adapted and participated in the recovery to the pandemic.
This World Youth Skills Day Plant Planet Careers take a look at how to start out and develop youth skills for a career in one of the UK’s fastest growing industries. There are usually no specific educational requirements for entry-level construction workers. Workers often start as unskilled laborers to learn the basics of the job before going on to refine a specific skill. Those interested in learning construction skills before starting their career can enrol in a trade school or complete a paid apprenticeship.
These skills learnt can assist in building up the Construction Industry Workforce and closing the skills gap. Apprentices give young people the same opportunities as employees, earning a weekly wage and working alongside experienced staff. Apprenticeships offer great real-life work experience and career progression. There is an increased demand for qualified professionals and once you are qualified there are many opportunities to rise up within the industry and gain more responsibility alongside many transferable skills.
While many restrictions on education have since been lifted, many still turn to eLearning as a manner of education alongside their work. During the peak of the 2020 pandemic, government safety guidelines prevented many new workers from being trained on site. Business owners and leaders were faced with the responsibility of training their workforce elsewhere. E-learning is available in many industries and construction is included in this. The construction sector offers a variety of projects in which every project is a new challenge that has a lot to teach. eLearning allows for education without limit. You do not have to just limit yourself to one course, you to learn a numerous number of skills with many different courses available and you can learn the skills you need whenever it is convenient for you! You are not restricted to the site times and eLearning offers flexibility that allows people to educate themselves at their own pace and on their own time, in a manner that more closely matches your own learning style.
However, while education and training is a key part of working within the construction sector, to be successful you must also possess certain skills and traits.
Some examples of these are:
- Physical Strength and Endurance
- Dexterity and Hand-Eye Coordination
- Strong Reading and Math Skills
- and most importantly, Willingness to Learn
There are over 2 million people are employed within the construction industry. Construction happens all over the globe and so the transferable skills you learn are highly sought after, This World Youth Skills day why not learn a new skill or develop your existing skills! This industry will provide you with a great number of opportunities.
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