World Youth Skills Day - 15 July 2020 | Wates
Debbie Crew - Head of Talent and Resourcing

Debbie Crew - Head of Talent and Resourcing, Wates Group

As we mark World Youth Skills Day it’s an opportunity to reflect on the huge challenges many young people are currently facing with the jobs market, with so many working in those sectors which have been hardest hit by the pandemic, such as hospitality, leisure and retail.

At the same time, it’s a good chance for young people to realise that their skills can be put to great use in the construction industry. With the government’s new focus on ‘build, build, build’ this is the time to consider a career in the built environment and we’re very likely to have a role that will suit you, even though this may be a sector you’ve never considered before.


World Youth Skills Day, held this year on 15 July, is an opportunity to celebrate the future of our industry and others, and look at new ways we can upskill young people across the country to help them forge exciting careers. Following the Government’s announcement of more funding for firms taking on apprentices, it is now more important than ever that young people are fully aware of their options.

Hear from some of our apprentices and trainees below who are debunking common myths about apprenticeships in construction and their thoughts on how to encourage more people to consider a career in the built environment.