20% of young people don't know what an electrician does

New research shows a worrying number of young people don't understand the role of traditional jobs

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A survey has revealed that a worrying number of young people have very little understanding of a number of traditional jobs.

The research, conducted by building insurance site constructaquote.com, showed that as many as 20% of people between the ages of 16 and 35 thought that an electrician was someone who created electronic music.

Young people were also quizzed on the roles of welders, masons, glaziers and dredgers.

Amazingly, only 51% managed to correctly outline what a welder does while 39% had the right idea about dredgers and 48% knew what a glazier does.

Thankfully the majority of those questioned knew what lorry drivers, plumbers, plasterers and carpet layers do, although the clue is in the title for at least two of those.

Contructaquote's boss, Lyndon Wood said: "I think it's really important to highlight the fact that such a huge proportion of young Britons polled in our study were unable to correctly describe various construction trades which, 50 years ago, would have been a hell of a lot more commonplace in the UK.

He added: "If schools put a tenth as much emphasis on teaching pupils about the array of options available in sectors as overlooked as ­construction, then there would be a lot less leaving school totally clueless and stuck for what to choose as a career path."

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