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On the final afternoon of Plantworx Construction Equipment Exhibition 2015 (12 pm – 4pm Thursday 4th June) the organisers of the event, in association with the CPA (Construction Plant-hire Association) are inviting students and teachers from primary and secondary schools and colleges to visit the show and get a taste of the construction equipment sector.

The Plantworx team is hopeful that by inviting students to attend the exhibition and seeing machinery in ‘real working site conditions’, talking to machine specialists and operators it will encourage their interest in the construction equipment industry – whether it be as a plant mechanic, an operator or an engineer.

A survey published by PwC has highlighted just how important it is to encourage young blood into our sector. PwC economists have predicted that there could be as many as 100,000 jobs on the cards for industry sectors by 2020! Jobs comprise 50,000 new UK manufacturing jobs, 40,000 jobs in transport and 17,400 new jobs in construction!

Another published report from CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) suggests that there will be 13.5 million job vacancies in the UK over the next 10 years, but only seven million school and college leavers.

Of particular concern to the construction sector are leavers with professional level grades, everything from field service people to manufacturing employees, in addition to the beating heart of our industry; machine operators and plant mechanics, which keep construction machinery on the move.

The ‘Training and Education’ Zone at Plantworx 2015 will also play a vital role in making the Student afternoon a success. Hosted by the CPA, the zone is dedicated to colleges offering Construction courses and other associations offering training in the construction/demolition sectors.

It is planned that the Training and Education Zone will have an interactive area with machine simulators and visiting students will be encouraged to ‘get hands on’ and get involved!

The CPA will also be holding the 2015 ‘Stars of the Future’ Plant Mechanic Apprentice Awards on Thursday 4th June to tie in with the ‘Student’ afternoon. At the inaugural award ceremony at Plantworx 2013, over 250 students and lecturers attended the event.

The ‘Stars of the Future’ awards recognise and reward outstanding apprentices who not only bring ability and commitment to their learning and their work, but who possess additional capabilities that mark them out as not only being the foundations of the future of our industry, but also potential leaders.