CITB NI encourages construction industry to help build the next generation

The Construction Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI) has been working with NI construction employers on its ‘Adopt a School’ scheme aimed at encouraging more young people to think about a career in construction.

Over 60 post primary schools across Northern Ireland have signed up to the scheme, however CITB NI is seeking more construction employers to get involved. ‘Adopt a School’ provides opportunities for construction companies to build relations with post primary schools, in their local area of work, by providing direct support for schools with construction industry careers activities ranging from careers talks, events, work experience opportunities and site visits.

A recent report forecast that over 5,000 additional construction workers will be needed by 2026 in Northern Ireland to meet growing demand in the industry. ‘Adopt a School’ is an opportunity to improve young people’s knowledge of the sector, show the many diverse pathways into the industry, as well as dispel misconceptions such as a career in construction is limited to bricklayers, plumbers and architects or that it’s only a job for boys.