The younger generation plays an important role in the economic activity and advancement of countries worldwide, and none more so than in the case of developing countries. However, in the current climate, and particularly in Nigeria, there is a great need to attract the youth population into the construction sector in order to promote and maintain appropriate levels of craft skills labor. The research investigates the possible challenges for construction-related skills acquisition in Nigeria, and particularly attention is paid to the apathy of the younger generation in entering the industry. Data collected from a survey of stakeholders established the main factors for the reluctance of youths entering into craft skills education and training. The data were further analyzed and compared with older respondents to establish differences between the groupings and identify areas that need to be addressed. Findings from the research also highlighted perceived barriers to entry, in addition to establishing recommendations and required actions.
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