Local firm gets youngsters into construction with £10,000 bursary

UK roof tile manufacturer has offered up £10,000 in a bid to encourage young people to get into construction and engineering.

Youngsters in Russell Roof Tiles’ two home towns – Burton on Trent and Lockerbie – can win one of 10 bursaries worth £1,000 each for any training directly related to the three areas of industry.

The fund can be used for education or training, to pay for clothing, books and other equipment for a course, transport and lunch while training.

Managing Director Andrew Hayward commented:

“There is a huge skills gap in manufacturing, construction and engineering so it is vital that businesses like ours invest in the long term.

“According to recent figures, 630,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed so despite this high youth unemployment, just like other manufacturers we struggle to attract young people who want to work hard, but also be trained and be well rewarded for their efforts.

“This bursary will be available to any young person in these areas who needs additional help with their training or studies.”

As part of the launch, Russell’s is also looking for partners to come forward to assist with education and professional training for the youngsters awarded the bursary.