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Excluding young people in Living Wage pledge will fuel skills shortage crisis on Fri 10th July, 2015

Businessman and youth campaigner Will Davies has praised the government for pushing the new Living Wage to £9 per hour by 2020 for those over 25 years of age as announced in the government’s budget this week.

However, Davies, who pioneered the concept of Unemployment Bootcamp for young people with his company, the leading property maintenance firm, says that because Chancellor George Osborne has excluded those under 25 in this pledge, the skills gap in the construction and engineering sectors will worsen.

“We need to encourage young British people into the construction and engineering sectors and money is a huge motivator for them,” said Will Davies.

“For there to be a big difference between the minimum wage for young people compared with those on the proposed new living wage, financially, that’s a huge blow for the aspirational youth.”

Davies backs the rise of the minimum wage and he said he’s willing to pay so much more for those under 25, if that’ll guarantee the skills shortage crisis to be aborted.

“I am still very concerned about the skills shortage in the property sector,” adds Davies. “And if you don’t give the incentives to young people who we want to train and exceed in construction, DIY, engineering - this skills crisis will deepen.”

“Quality apprenticeships are good and it’s great the government supports this but we need more than that if we need to get young people both interested and skilled to excel in the property sector.”

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