The REC's Construction sector group has responded to the reduction in the Construction Skills grant promising to play its part in increasing the number of apprenticeships.
Commenting on the news, Simon Noakes, Chair of REC Construction, said:
"It is in the best interests of everyone in the construction industry to seek ways to increase the number of construction apprenticeships, to ensure our industry has a future labour supply. This is even more important now given the funding shortages facing all skills councils. We will continue to encourage our members to find more creative ways of devising and promoting apprenticeships with contractors and continue to work with industry bodies such as Construction Skills to see how we canplay our part."
At a recent REC Construction meeting in Manchester, members discussed with Construction Skills some of the ways agencies can encourage more on-site training for construction agency workers. Members also shared best practice and advice on how to run successful apprenticeship schemes with contractors.