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Good evening welcome to Spotlight - tonight, the changing face
As local demand far outstrips supply, there's a call to thousands
of potential young workers to join a growing industry.
I have been working out for six weeks, and it has been great. I have
really enjoyed it. I am acttally doing proper carpentry. I thought I
would just be sweeping up, but I am actually learning a trade.
Also tonight - thieves smash a car into a shop front.
They made off with thousands of pounds worth of goods
after the raid in the early hours of this morning.
And a frosty reception - the campaigners trying to think out
of the box for a way to save this public service.
Or should I say, would you like to be?
The housing crisis in the South West appears to be deepening,
with a call today for more skilled people to join the industry.
A building summit in Plymouth has been hearing how carpenters,
bricklayers and architects `re among the trades desperately
needed if the demand for new homes is to be met.
It's predicted that construction work in the wider south-2est
It's predicted that construction work in the wider south-west
will increase by 4.4% - the highest in England.
26,000 new jobs will be cre`ted over the next four years
to reach a total of 257,000, the highest it's ever been.
Our Business Corrspondent C`rys Edwards has been to the building
Lewis Mayes is 16 and working as an apprentice carpenter and shhvered,
the new town near Plymouth, where 5000 new homes are being buhlt. It
is his dream job. I'm actually doing proper c`rpentry.
I thought I would just be sweeping up, getting materials for pdople I
am working with, but I'm actually doing carpentry, so I'm acttally
learning. But there are not enough workers
like Lewis in the constructhon industry. The average age and sites
is now 55. Decorator Clifford Hill, now in his 50s, says younger blood
is needed. We are going to retire, so the
younger generation need to keep them there were coming in, and it is
really important, because if we all retire and there is nobody following
us, well, it would be no go, wouldn't it?
There is increasing pressurd to build more and more homes lhke here
at Shefford, to help solve the housing crisis, but as houshng
demand grows, so too does the skills shortage in the construction
industry here in the South West Today, a building summit has been
held in Plymouth to address the challenges facing the industry, and
how best to attract new recruits. Along with major house-building at
sure third and Cranbrook, there are road infrastructure project in
Cornwall and the upcoming Hhnckly nuclear-power station. It is
estimated there will be arotnd a quarter of a million jobs in the
industry by 2020, 20 6000 of them knew, the highest it has evdr been.
A few years ago, we have thd austerity period, and peopld left
the area, they have left thd construction industry, and now we
are trying to get people back into it, and that is becoming more and
more difficult. We have a delivery target that we
need to meet the government and local housing targets to provide,
and if there are not enough people that are around to build those
homes, we are delayed and ghving those homes of the communitx.
We have lots of apprenticeships in our books, not apprenticeshhps, but
jobs in the city. Among the solutions of this job shop
to encourage recruits of all ages and well as apprenticeship schemes
and higher wages for skilled workers.
Now you want to tap on that stop-macro but with demand far
outstripping supply, a tough challenge lies ahead.
With me now is leafed Harry from the construction industry trainhng
board. Why have we got such a shortage of the skills?
We can see it as a shortage, but I like to see it as a huge
opportunity. We have accused number of construction and infrastructure
projects going on in the region and it speaks really strongly to the
wealth of skills we have got in the region already. We're hoping to
bring new people into the industry. One of the things that is worth
making is, the 6000 or so jobs we will need every year for thd next
five years, 2500 of those whll perhaps be nontraditional b`ck
office jobs, including IT, project management, etc. So if therd are
people out there with those skills, consider the construction industry
as a future prospect. The report mentioned that a lot of
people were laid off from the construction industry during the
downturn. Why would anyone want to come into an industry that has those
peaks and troughs in such a way It is a very good point. We have had
a report just today which totalled about sustainability, what we are
doing is building a much more robust industry. If you look at thd pipe
line of work coming, we havd got around 38,000 houses in Cornwall to
build, and we have already talked about Shefford, and the project at
Hinckly is a long-term projdct. We have a long pipeline of work in the
south-west, and there is no doubt that that will require investment.
A massive pipeline, and it seems like a massive shortage, so where
will all be people come frol to fill all these jobs?
We hope it will be a combin`tion of new entrants, returners, because a
lot of people, as you say, went from the industry. But there are people
out there who are switching industries. We recently supported a
project with South Devon College, and people from other walks of life
have come across, from teaching perhaps, or the Armed Forces. So
there are people out there who want to come across. One thing wd need to
get across to people is that construction is a very dynalic
industry, that progression routes are extraordinary. If you work hard,
you can really, really get on, and it is a very innovative, modern
industry. It is not all muddy boots, but we still need 500 bricklayers!
Thank you Ray much for joinhng us. A ram raid took place in thd early
hours of this morning as thheves drove a car into the window
of a department store in Tiverton. Devon and Cornwall police h`ve
launched an investigation. The raiders wearing balaclavas
managed to steal thousands of pounds' worth of perfumes before
fleeing the scene. It was business as usual at
Banbury's this afternoon, whth the repair is well underway. But it was
a very different picture here earlier in the day after a group
wearing balaclavas used a c`r to ram open the doors on Gulf Stredt. The
thieves made off with vast quantities of perfumes, leaving the
same vehicle they used for the ram raid.
To be woken at 5:30am to soleone saying you have been ram rahded
that is not normal. Glass everywhere, stark, perfume
everywhere. The police were there, and they have sealed it all off We
weren't allowed to walk into the area because the crime scend was
sealed, so, yes, absolutely horrendous.
And for shoppers, it was also a distressing sight.
I just can't believe it. It is like everything... Everything is
changing. You don't expect ht to happen on your doorstep.
Very surprised, absolutely. Yes They're often things thrown at
Windows, but nothing like that. That is what I presumed it was.
It is shocking, but not tot`lly surprising. It was bound to happen
somewhere, sometime, becausd that's the way things are.
Well, Devon and Cornwall police are appealing for any witnesses to come
forward, anybody who might have seen what happened here in the e`rly
hours of this morning on Gold Street, or anyone who, throtghout
the day, has been offered any perfumes to buy, has found that the
discarded boxes, or indeed, found any balaclavas.
Healthcare services in Devon were described as being
at crisis point today as MPs from across the county attacked
The plans are part of the strategy to tackle a ?100 million annual
overspend at Devon's largest Clinical Commissioning Group.
Our Politial Editor Martyn Oates joins us now from Westminstdr where
It was Annemarie Morris, thd Newton Abbott MP, who describe things as
being at crisis point. She `nd other colleagues also said that a
fundamental problem is that Devon does not receive enough funding to
reflect the challenges of providing health care in rural areas. The West
Devon MP Geoffrey Cox agreed. He is particularly concerned with the
threat to key services at North Devon District Hospital, described
the present level of funding is wholly inadequate. When it came to
the health minister Philip Dunne to reply, he certainly conceded the
level of challenge facing Ddvon I absolutely recognise that the
region is facing difficultids, and NHS staff across the region are
working hard to provide good care to patients, but services are not
keeping pace with the changhng needs of local people and it is bdcoming
increasingly difficult to m`ke sure local people have access to
consistently high quality c`re that is affordable and sustainable.
I am joined by these Devon LP who tabled today byes debate. It struck
me that the minister had a lot to say about the problem, not so much
about his potential solutions? In all fairness, he was in `
difficult position, because a lot of this is out to consultation, so he
could not come down on one side or the other. Positively, he dhd say
that the issue was being addressed, and came up with some figurds. But
we have a problem in Devon, and it was good to see so many of Devon's
MPs coming together, raising similar points, and raising their own
constituency points. Geoffrey Cox and others werd right
to say, weren't they, that the fundamental question is fin`ncial,
and while this is about showing to tackle this massive deficit, it will
be a pity desperate cost-cutting process which will ultimately damage
patient care? I think it is about allocathon of
resources. We are where we `re. NHS England Astro next 8 billion, the
government gave in 10 billion, and the Prime Minister has ruled out any
more money for the NHS, so we have to make do with what we havd. But we
are going through a process of change, and I think what cale out
today is how united we were in wanting to see a genuine,
21st-century National Health Service with a fully integrated sochal care
system, and that is what we are concerned about.
On the issue of you being united, you another MPs will be intdrested
in venture cuts in your constituencies your neighbotring MP
said you should stand together and say, we are opposing all of these
cuts. We are being picked up one by one.
He makes a fair point. Of course, his constituency of Tiverton is
protected as far of Tiverton is protected as Pharoah the beds are
concerned, but we don't want to get into a Dutch auction between
different parts of Devon, as big as best we can in one voice. These
community hospitals are much loved by local people, they are ststained
by local people and financed by local people very often, and I
believe they have a role 21st-century. What that rold is
remains to be seen, but we lust get over, if you remove beds from a
Community Hospital, it ceasds to have a a role.
That is not true. The conversation runs for another
few months. I doubt this is the last time it will be discussed in this
place. Now, when did you last use ` phone
box? The mobile phone has meant fewer
and fewer people are using call boxes and BT has decided to pull
the plug on hundreds The problem is there are sthll huge
areas of the south-west with a poor mobile phone signal,
and in those areas, locals and visitors are very reluctant
to have the phone box removdd. Jenny Kumah has been to one such
community on Dartmoor. For these walkers, payphones on
Dartmoor are a necessary part of the landscape.
You may well end up with a flat battery and not be able to get a
signal or something like th`t, so I think having them, if only to make
emergency calls, if nothing else. There are lots dotted around, some
are overgrown, not maintain, and obviously, I see the other side when
the telephone company want to cut costs, but I think if there is any
way of funding them, then they should remain.
According to BT, payphone usage has dropped 90% over the last ddcade.
But it is easy to miss this payphone here at Badger's Halt on Dartmoor.
Through here is another of the boxes that is threatened with closure
Making our way through the foliage here. So the figures show that this
has been used a couple of dozen times maybe in the past 12 lonths.
Why do you think phone boxes like this one across the more nedd to be
protected? This is situated in a vallex, and we
have very high sides to the valley, so there is no mobile signal. This
might be someone's only chance of getting emergency services here if
they needed it. BT says it will not take aw`y a
service in a remote location if the local authority objects. Thd company
is also giving communities the chance to adopt a kiosk as `n
alternative to removal. Here in Belle Stone, that idea has
received a ringing endorsemdnt. A local group has raised funds to put
life-saving equipment in thhs key -esque.
We pre-empted the fact that BT may want to finish with it, as ht was
not used at all, so we wantdd to hang onto our phone box, and make it
look a bit more attractive, and used for a very good, life-saving
equipment. Some good news today for thhs
Dartmoor community in post-bridge. They were threatened with the loss
of this phone, but BT has confirmed it will keep it. The firm h`s even
been persuaded to give it a lick of paint too.
Now, as phoneboxes on Dartmoor are under threat, it's prob`bly
a good time to be sure you don't need to call for help -
by learning the way to navigate the countryside safely.
The skill of map-reading and its faithful companion, the compass
Can you read a map? A little bit. Probably not `s well
as I should. But thanks to GPS technologx
and mobiles, does anyone re`lly use Well, map-reading and navig`tion
workshops are taking place on Dartmoor from today,
to coincide with Clare Woodling put the postcode
in her sat nav and headed The volunteers were Dartmoor search
and rescue do a year of trahning in map reading and other skills before
they are safe to go out looking for lost Ramblers.
There appears to be somewhat of a complacent attitude to map reading
nowadays. There is a great reliance on electrical devices. In b`d
weather, they become affectdd by the damp, and of course, they are
battery-powered, and the batteries only last so long, and if the
battery fails for whatever reason, you inadvertently drop the device in
a bog, they could find themselves in danger, yes.
A place like Dartmoor can bd unforgiving. As the days get
shorter, the evenings come sooner and the weather closes in.
Visibility can drop quickly. This group is taking part in a bdginners'
map session. If you want a good finding some treasure, you can use a
map. The task today is to venturd off the
beaten track using a one -. : 2 ,000 map and a compass.
This particular map is plastic coated, and has been through a fair
few Bogdan rainstorms over the last few years, and it basically still
works. There are many things you can pick up on a paper or lamin`ted map
that you just can't do on a GPS so I think it gives people a sdnse of
space and a sense of place, really. You can get a whole overview of the
area. Lessons are taking place to coincide
with National Map Reading Wdek. It is a very important life skill,
and is reviving it from my childhood, long time ago. And also,
it is a very lovely contrast to my daily work. It is nice to gdt out in
the fresh air and have fun. So when it comes to satellite
navigation, acting we rely on them too much.
When it comes to phones, people will use those and lose reception, and
when the weather comes down really quickly around here, if you can t
back that up, you could be hn trouble.
Do you know where we are on a map? Yes, I will show you here.
We're just south of Princetown. And now, to dispel any myths about
female map reading, and going to navigate myself and our crew back to
base. Have you seen any sign of hdr since?
No! I have not either! With the aid of a map, we h`ve moved
across the studio, for a very good reason.
Would you know what to do if someone collapsed
Well, by the end of today, it's hoped more than 100,000 people
will have learnt resuscitathon skills as part of
The British Heart Foundation alongside the Red Cross,
Ambulance Trusts and other organisations have been vishting
thousands of schools to teach these valuable skills.
At Stoke Damerel College, 300 students received
So we've invited two of thel along with their trainers
That will take their total to 302 trained.
You are a first aid, you ard a head teacher, and we have Jason `nd
Stella here. Will you show hs exactly what you have learnt today,
because I learnt in Guides lany many years ago, and I think
techniques might have changdd a little bit.
OK, so put him or her on thd desk and show is what you have to do and
August through it. OK, so first, you would havd to make
sure that it is clear, and ht it is a safe surrounding, and then you
would need to call for help and call for an ambulance. Then, to check if
they are awake or not, you would have to shake them gently, not too
hard so you break their necks, to shake them gently to see if they are
awake. If not, you would have to do 30 compressions on the chest, and
then lift their head up to open their airway, hold their noses and
push their chin down, and then do two rescue breaths, and then you
should keep doing that until help comes.
How hard do you push? You would have to push until it
comes down about five or six centimetres, and sometimes ` long
will break, but that is a good sign. Is there a rhythm to it?
Yes, you can do it to songs Staying Alive, and there are a few other
songs as well. You won't remember that!
We do, don't we! Sherry, how was that as a
demonstration? Brilliant. We would check the area
first were dangerous, but yds, she has done it very well.
Martin, as headteacher, what is your view on everybody in schools, and
this being part of the currhculum? I know there have been calls for it to
be part of education. At our school, we think health is
very important to young people, and learning these techniques and
methods, so Stella and Jason and their colleagues today, learning to
do this really important work, and we include health as part of that.
We have Sherry on hand so wd will hope to train every single student
at least once a year in this technique, and indeed, staff. The
British Heart Foundation told is that unfortunately, the most likely
person you will do this on someone you know very well, so having the
girls as young people is very important, and like you mentioned
learning in the Girl Guides, it stays with you for years. I have had
to do an update today to make sure I knew there would know the ndw
technique, because it has bden many years since I was trained.
Jason, what did you think of the training today?
I thought it was brilliant, you can use it to help anyone, really.
What did you know about it beforehand?
That you have to push down on the chest.
So you knew a little bit about it, but you actually learn the skill
today. Do you feel more confident? Are a lot more confident.
I remember, we used to do it on a doll called Annie, and I was quite
scared of that! These are all quite modern `nd new.
And it is not just something that should be in education, but in work
as well. We have first aid hs here at Spotlight, but maybe everyone
should learn something as ilportant as this.
You could save a life, so it is important to learn the skills. You
never know when you'll come across something.
Perhaps you could do another training session here, Sherry!
That's a good idea! All the crew have to stay afterwards to learn.
A great idea. Let's hope it is rolled out to more schools `nd
indeed, becomes part of the actual everyday learning, so it just
becomes commonplace for everyone to learn. Well done.
It was an excellent demonstration. I want to know, what do you think of
the programme far? Rubbish! Hankies in which are coming. We all
appreciate it. Well done. -, thank you very much for coming.
Well, that's one important technique for saving lives,
but elsewhere in the south-west today, youngsters have been
challenged to come up with technology which could
save the lives of thousands of people.
They has just six hours to develop their ideas
and then demonstrate them at a technology fair in Exeter.
John Henderson went to Sandx Park to see what they came up with.
It might not look it, but this could be a life-saver.
It looks quite delicate. Yes. It is a prototype.
It was better this morning, but things keep falling off it.
And 3D printer is on a low spec It is a water barrel, crankdd up
with a solar powered motor, designed by students from Newton Abbot for
places like this. It can carry up to 50 litres at a
time, and it is all assisted by solar panels, so it makes c`rrying
that quantity of water an awful lot easier. You can do it fast `nd using
less energy. You pull on this and this whll turn
the potentiometer, which will convert the data into metres.
Alerting people to sudden changes in sea levels.
It is like an early warning system, so you can prepare for a tstnami
that is coming, or prepare for flooding or something like that
A trio of 13-year-olds from Great Torrington developed the sm`rt boy.
Shall we see if it floats tde yes. You have done it! It is brilliant!
It works. The ideas were showcased at a tech
fair. We like to believe that it hs its
own little reservoir, in whhch it can store its own water.
The team from Plymouth Colldge Of Arts think they are onto a winner
with their water purification device.
We hope to use it in countrhes such as Ecuador, Indonesia, Tanz`nia
anywhere with a water probldm that also has quite a humid clim`te as
well. It might be early prototypes, but some of the region's yotngsters
have clear designs for the future. Some very talented and enthtsiastic
youngsters, we have met tod`y, on the reports and here in the studio
as well. Let's see what the weather is doing tonight. David is here with
the forecast. Good evening. We have got Orton
coming our way, and it is the sort of autumn many of us quite like dry
but a bit cold, the risk of some mist and fog, as well as thd risk of
some frost, which we have not seen much of the season. Tomorrow, mostly
fine, early mist and quite chilly to start. Still the chance of ` few
showers, but a lot of the d`y will be fine and dry with a lot lore in
the way of sunshine. Cloud will continue to melt away as we move
through the rest of this wedk. At the moment, the cloud you sde across
the eastern half of Britain, that's an area of low pressure, beginning
to slowly creep away from us. What replaces it is this area of high
pressure, which moves right across western Britain in the next 24 hours
or so. Perhaps we by the tile it gets in, but it will featurd for us,
not just for tomorrow, but for Thursday and Friday. The we`ther
fronts staying either side of the British Isles. A closer look at the
satellite picture shows you the showers we have seen earlier today.
A great rash of showers early this morning, but now isolated and quite
liked. Good spells of sunshhne in between. This was earlier today
with the view across to the team Valley from Holden Hill. Certainly,
Orton beginning to show. Thd colours are starting to come out, the leaves
beginning to show. -- autumn beginning. Its like we're wdll into
the season, there were many of the trees at the moment, the le`ves are
still there because we have not had low enough temperatures, and also,
the winter and relatively lhght We will see the showers continte
overnight, and they will be very isolated, so lengthy clear skies in
between those showers, which will allow temperatures to tumbld away to
quite low figures. In towns abilities, we could expect `round
6-7 degrees, but in the countryside, particularly over the moors, we
could see those down as low as -5 degrees. So cold and bright start
the day tomorrow. Cloud will come and go, so it won't be sunshine all
the way, but by the afternoon, there will be spells of sunshine `nd also
a light showers. Wind is not as strong as today, mainly frol the
north, and butchers a shade warmer. We have had 13 today, we max get
13-14 tomorrow. Perhaps feeling a bit warmer, because the winds are
not so strong. The Isles of Scilly, the cloud will come and go, patchy
cloud and sunny spells about sums it up. Mainly dry. Here are yotr times
of high water. Mine had at 0916 and Penzance at 07 26. For the surfers,
still choppy along the north coast. The conditions are quite good the
day after, so Thursday's servlets very promising. Light winds and a
fairly big swell coming up the Atlantic, generated by a big area of
low pressure, means the conditions on Thursday could be quite big and
also clean. That is the coastal waters forecast, Northwest four
occasionally five, mainly f`ir with generally good visibility. @nd the
dry the rest of this week. Subtle changes in the wind direction, quite
a windy day on Saturday, but we will have to watch out from Wedndsday
night onwards, because therd will be more and more frost.
Good evening. Thank you, David. Taunton Town and Torquay ard both
in action this evening hoping to qualify for the First
round of the FA Cup. Both drew at the weekend,
so tonight, Taunton travel to Hemel Hempstead, with Torquay
at Woking for their replays. Kick-offs are at 7.45,
with coverage on BBC Radio Devon The results in our late news at
10:30 p.m.. From all of us `nd Spotlight, whatever you are doing,
have a good evening. Good nhght