Construction Apprenticeship Opportunities To Rise

A number of major builders and housing developers have committed to recruit double the amount of new apprentices this year. The decision comes ahead of an anticipated upturn in work at the end of 2013.

Kier is one of the leading firms executing the rise and aims to create 150 new apprenticeships this year alone, while house builders are applying for grants to fund more training places.

Ian Dickerson, Head of New Entrants at Kier said: “We have a strong track record of investing in training and supporting apprenticeship programmes and are pleased to announce that this is to continue and expand into 2012.

Kier has benefitted greatly from supporting and investing in apprentices. Many of our skilled and valued employees have come into the industry via this route, and we want to continue to source and develop new entrants in this way.”

Mike Bialyj, director of employer services, CITB-ConstructionSkills said: “The outlook for apprenticeship recruitment in 2012 is looking much healthier than last year’s figures.

“As a managing agency our own recruitment numbers are on the rise but these figures from the major employer groups are also encouraging.

“It’s clear that employers are carefully planning their 2013/14 workforce now to make sure that they have the skills and talent at the ready to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise.

“Apprentices are the lifeblood of the industry and continued support for apprenticeships is critical if we are to have a steady pipeline or talent coming into the sector.

“We are an aging industry with one in ten expected to retire in the next decade so we really need to continue to recruit and train more people into the sector.

“It’s also great that so many of the larger employers have been helping SMEs by taking on an apprentice but allowing that apprentice to train and work for the smaller contractor.
“This has been working really well for many throughout the sector.”

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