Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

GSCE results day 2019: Esther McVey urges GCSE students to become bricklayers | UK | News

In a bid to boost Britain’s capacity to build “homes for the future”, Ms McVey urged those leaving school to go down the construction route. Trumpeting the average bricklayer salary of £42,000, Ms McVey said: “If you want to master a trade, financial stability and opportunities across the country, you can’t go wrong with the construction sector “I’m determined to get Britain building the homes we need, and my message to school leavers is: your country needs you, to get Britain building again.”

According to The Sun, her remarks follow a report by the Federation of Master Builders which highlighted the highest-paid bricklayers in London earned £90,000 a year.

The latest figures show the average salary for brick layers to have just passed the £42,000 mark – far exceeding the national average salary of around £29,000.

The salary puts them on the same level with a recent university graduate pharmacist, but more than a newly qualified dentist and architect.

With an increased demand for skilled workers, industry insiders have predicted that pupils receiving their GCSEs will be scouted out by construction firms.

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Brian Berry, FMB chief exec, said: “The construction industry is in the midst of an acute skills crisis and we are in dire need of more young people, including women and ethnic minorities.”

Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman at the Home Builders Federation said: “Home building is much more than just building houses, it’s an industry that will challenge and support individuals to achieve their ambitions.

“It is also an industry that is vital to the nation’s economy and more importantly people’s lives.

He added: “With many different entry routes into careers, from apprenticeships to graduate training programmes, school leavers can expect first class training and the opportunity to gain industry leading qualifications that will set them up for life.”

Teenagers across the country will today find out what grades they received in the newly updated GCSE system.

The shake-up that took place two years ago introduced a new numbered grading system rather than the traditional A*-U grades.

The reform took place to ensure pupils, schools, and employers had confidence in the qualifications on offer, and would mutually benefit from the right knowledge and skills.

Despite the reforms being well-intentioned, the new exams sparked confusion among teachers and pupils alike across the country.

In a bid to better explain the system, more than half a million pounds of public money was used to provide “essential” training and information on the new structure.

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