MORE than half of young people in the South East are likely to take on an apprenticeship, according to a new report.

Data from Redrow Housebuilders shows more young people would consider an apprenticeship, in comparison to 54 per cent across the whole of the UK.

The report, which looks at data from 2,000 parents and 16-21 year-olds shows the misconceptions and views of working in the construction industry.

Around 56 per cent of young adults believe a career in this field involves mainly manual labour.

However, apprenticeships are seen as a positive thing when it comes to earning money as over half of teens and parents best associate apprenticeships with earning money, while studying and not incurring student debt.

Karen Jones, HR director at Redrow, said: "With Brexit sharpening concerns that the construction skills shortage will deepen, it is more important than ever that we reach out to all young people and ensure they are educated in the different career paths that construction can offer.

"A greater level of government intervention is needed here. As well as providing more financial support to apprentices themselves, the government must take a stricter stance on schools failing to make sure young people are aware of all the career options available to them."

The housebuilder believes schools can do more to give better advice to students about taking on an apprenticeship.

Only 10 per cent of young adults felt they receive adequate advice at school about apprenticeships.

In the South East, 63 per cent said a career in construction was never talked about by a teacher in school.

Karen added: "While it is fantastic to see more parents discussing apprenticeships and careers in construction with their children, the story begins in schools, where educators are providing advice and information to our young people."