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http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/sep/22/bricklayers-boom-skills-timebomb-uk-construction-industry#start-of-comments

At the end of year assembly, Ashley Terron’s teacher pulled him to one side in a last-ditch attempt to persuade him to stay on to do A-levels.

Terron was a good pupil and his school saw a path to university ahead. The 16-year-old, however, had other ideas. Like his great-grandfather, father and older brother, he wanted to become a bricklayer.

Now 22, he is officially the best young bricklayer in the world, having taken home a gold medal for the UK at last year’s WorldSkills competition. Ask most British builders about the country’s bricklaying excellence though, and they will probably tell you good tradespeople are as rare as their expertise.

The latest figures showing rising employment and falling benefit claims in the UK also shed more light on what construction industry insiders have described as a “skills timebomb”. The official data showed the number of bricklayers claiming job seeker’s allowance had dropped to its lowest level in at least a decade, down sharply to 1,775 in August from a peak of 15,425 in March 2009. They also showed construction wages up an annual 4% in July. That makes it one of the strongest performing sectors for pay growth, while in the wider economy wages are failing to match inflation.

The school saw another potential statistic to boost it's own marketing.

No stupid and and clearly he's got skills that people want. Good decision.

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Ive long dead relatives who built houses from scratch over 100 years ago. Self taught, no schooling via the government meat grinder, houses still standing.

Its not exactly nuclear physics. Don't have such stupid regulations and the houses will get built. No skills shortage.

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Its down to snobbery. A kid who wants wants to do a trade is looked down on, even though they'll earn twice what a "Diversity Manager" at a local council would be paid.

I dabble in Landscaping, and we did a huge job for a well to do chap....His young son (who was privately schooled of course) announced that he wanted to become a Digger driver...his father nearly exploded...

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http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/sep/22/bricklayers-boom-skills-timebomb-uk-construction-industry#start-of-comments

The official data showed the number of bricklayers claiming job seeker’s allowance had dropped to its lowest level in at least a decade, down sharply to 1,775 in August from a peak of 15,425 in March 2009.

The school saw another potential statistic to boost it's own marketing.

No stupid and and clearly he's got skills that people want. Good decision.

How many are hidden Job Seekers on Working Tax Credit, as many are self -employed ?

Soon it'll be

for the rich &
for the poor :unsure:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s6OF5awJKs

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The bricklaying kid may have been good...but there are probably 100's of 16 year old East European kids better than him. And cheaper, too - which is the most important thing in this capitalist country. How will the gentry in London cope without their cheap labour?

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For crappy new builds, as well as the cheap labour requirement the brick 'laying rate' expected is so high you will never see walls built perfectly straight and true and neatly pointed like we had in the past, its not seen as craftsmanship anymore.

If the kid is good I hope he ends up doing private restoration/conservation of old buildings or something like that, rather than breaking his back for BARRATT or the like.

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My great, great grandfather was a Master brickmaker from Barnsley. It was his son that let the side down, getting some education and becoming a school master.

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The bricklaying kid may have been good...but there are probably 100's of 16 year old East European kids better than him. And cheaper, too - which is the most important thing in this capitalist country. How will the gentry in London cope without their cheap labour?

The ability to lay bricks is something your born with, like an artist. The only thing you learn are method and regulation. Speed and work ethic is intrinsic to the trade, if you work on day rate and don't perform you are sacked on the spot, if your on a price the faster you work the more you are paid, capitalism in it's purest form with zero unionisation.

If this person reprensented his country at international level he for his age will be the best of the best, for his age. Going agaisnt the best of the best from other countries.

East Europeans working in this country first need to adapt to the different method, but when they do they want and expect the same pay level as the British. This is evident in the wage inflation showing in the trade currently.

BTW, I'm a time served bricklayer.

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For crappy new builds, as well as the cheap labour requirement the brick 'laying rate' expected is so high you will never see walls built perfectly straight and true and neatly pointed like we had in the past, its not seen as craftsmanship anymore.

If the kid is good I hope he ends up doing private restoration/conservation of old buildings or something like that, rather than breaking his back for BARRATT or the like.

I would imagine that kid wouldn't work for a mainstream builders...most likely a conservation type brickie...

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