Research Report

National Baseline Research into Black and Minoritised Youth Presence in the UK Manual Trades Sector

May 2022

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“The construction and manual trades sector mainly relies upon older white males”, concludes our recent report 

The findings of research into challenges facing Black and minoritised young people entering the manual trades highlights that the image of the industry, coupled with poor careers information, advice and guidance, portray a sector that is not sufficiently diverse with regards to gender and race, principally. This negative impression creates an unviable career path for some, with school’s reinforcing this impression through what some young people described as poor career advice, information and guidance opportunities.  

The research was conducted by The Ubele Initiative from funding through the Youth Futures Foundation. The findings reflected views from interviews with close on 100 young people and professionals in the industry. 

Find out more about the challenges Black and minoritised young people face entering manual trades sector and see our recommendations that we feel are likely to make a difference in addressing some of those barriers. 

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