The Construction Industry Training Board's recruitment drive aimed at 14- to 19-year-olds is welcome news for an industry suffering from a chronic lack of entrants and skilled candidates. However, there has been a notable failure to mention the channels the CITB intends to use – agencies and intermediary companies.

The use of media such as the internet, magazine and radio adverts and beer mats will undoubtedly improve awareness among younger, entry-level candidates. However, the considerable databases of candidates held by agencies is key to developing mobility among the construction workforce, and perhaps encouraging more experienced candidates to return to the sector.

The CITB needs to use all recruitment opportunities to tackle the skills shortage.