RECRUITMENT ISSUES?

IS RECRUITMENT PROVING TO BE AN ISSUE IN THE FENCING SECTOR?

According to White Fencing, based in New Zealand, it’s most definitely an issue on the other side of the world with a recent feature on the NewsTalk ZB NZ radio station revealing a sharp drop in the number of young people taking up fencing and a general shortage of willing workers of any age.

Murray Graham, a 19-year- old fencer with White Fencing was interviewed on air and commented: “It seems that young people don’t like hard work and we currently have a shortage of skilled trades labour in New Zealand. “Fencing is a job that requires a lot of skill and intelligence. That is often forgotten when young people are looking at their career options. “On top of that desire to avoid hard work, schools and colleges increasingly encourage pupils to aim for university. We want to raise awareness of the fact that fencing does represent a great career path with a high level of job satisfaction. “We need more fencers!” added Murray who is currently studying for a NZQA Level 3 in fencing. White Fencing is also on the look out for any UK fencers interested in working in New Zealand over the winter months and has employed four in recent years. Contact Debbie White (admin@ whitefencing.co.nz) for more information.

Are young people in Britain similarly shirking hard work? Are you having issues with recruitment? Please get in touch with your views and experiences by emailing benwalton@fencing-news.co.uk