A NORTHERN British council believes a construction boom will benefit young tradesmen seeking work.

More than 31,000 Leeds residents are employed in construction and trades, while their are 2,925 construction and infrastructure businesses.

Leeds City Council’s Chief Officer Employment and Skills, Sue Wynne, said the construction and trade sector was boosted by a high demand for new housing.

“There’s also infrastructure and commercial development and our ambition to double the physical scale of Leeds city centre (which is contributing),” she told the Blue Circle Cement products blog.

“The deployment of the £1bn West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund and the development of the HS2 rail line and associated infrastructure, including a new Yorkshire Hub station in Leeds city centre, offer huge opportunities for the sector to capitalise on significant investment.

“In total there is around £600m of development programmed in the city over the next few years, including exciting opportunities for the city to take the lead in new techniques such as modular housing.

“These will create jobs, apprenticeships and supply chain opportunities.”

What does all of this mean? In short, the future of trades and construction in Leeds is looking bright.

Ms Wynne said the council had a “good track record” with employing apprentices and young tradesmen.

“This is particularly in entry level job roles and supporting their continued career development and progression,” she said.

“As an employer liable to pay the Apprenticeship Levy we have recently increased the number of opportunities across the Council to around 300 each year and will extend this number through partnership working with our main contractors.”

Things in West Yorkshire are looking promising.

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Revealed: Northern England council positive about future of construction