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No Apprentices In Three Out Of Four Construction Firms

5th March 2015

Figures released from a survey of 1,500 construction employers, ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (9th-13th March), by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) show a 30% increase in the number of construction companies taking on apprentices.

Thats an increase from 2014, where 26% of firms took on apprentices compared with 20% of firms in 2013.

A huge 75% of firms, who  employed apprentices, reported that they were either 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with the contribution young people were making to the industry. Only 20% (1 in 5) reported to be dissatisfied.

The opportunities are not just for apprentices, with former construction workers also in demand to return to the industry. A third of companies asked said only a gap of more than 2 years would be damaging to their chances.

Gillian Econopouly, Head of Research at the CITB, said recently "These figures reveal that as our industry returns to growth, more apprentices are being recruited and are making a real difference to businesses. However, with our recent forecast showing over 200,000 jobs to be created in construction over the next five years, many more firms need to take on apprentices so that our industry can deliver all of the exciting projects in the pipeline."