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Midshires backs college drive to cut skill shortage

Birmingham Midshires is sponsoring a local college&#39s drive to address the national skills shortage.

Dudley College in the West Midlands is holding a skills sampling day twice a week aimed at school pupils from the Black Country and surrounding area.

Young people aged up to 16 will be shown basic construction and plumbing skills and given projects to complete, such as building a wall.

Research on the skills shortage by the Institute of Directors last July showed that the UK needs more plumbers, carpenters and bricklayers and fewer media studies graduates.

The college hopes the day will encourage young people to consider careers in the construction industry.

Birmingham Midshires community relations co-ordinator Debbie Dance says: “The skills sampling day is an unusual and imaginative way to teach children the skills of construction. The construction industry plays a critical role in ensuring Britain&#39s prosperity and Birmingham Mid-shires is looking to bridging the skills gap together with laying the foundations for the homeowners of the future.”

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