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Construction apprenticeships reach six-year high

14 Mar 16 Construction apprenticeships across Great Britain are up 12% in the past year, reaching levels not seen since before the 2008 financial crisis.

New statistics from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) for National Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March 2016) reveal that 22,496 young people started construction apprenticeships in the year ending 31st March 2015. This is up from 19,973 in 2013/14.

Construction apprenticeships hit a low of 17,500 in 2012 but opportunities for young people are increasing now that the industry is broadly growing.

Separate CITB research released today shows that employers find apprentices perform well in the workplace. A survey of 1,500 construction employers across the UK showed that four in five (78%) of employers rated their apprentices’ work as good or very good, compared with 73% for graduates and 59% for further education leavers.

CITB head of policy & research Gillian Econopouly said: “Construction apprenticeships are growing, which demonstrates industry’s commitment to train the next generation. But with CITB research predicting 230,000 new construction jobs by 2020, we need even more young people to start apprenticeships, and to help more firms take them on.”

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