According to the latest Government statistics, the number of apprentices working within the UK construction industry last year plummeted.
The statistics which were released by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills revealed that there were just 24,000 apprenticeship starts in construction sector in 2011-2012 which is a decrease of 14.6% on the pervious year.
The decline is more serious due to the Government recently rejecting proposals made by the BIS select committee, they proposed that public sector procurement contracts should require all companies bidding for such work to train apprentices.
Construction union Ucatt voiced fear for the long-term future of the industry, General Secretary Steve Murphy said: “The latest figures for apprenticeships in the construction industry are devastating; the failure to train sufficient numbers of highly skilled workers will create long-term problems for the industry. The short term mind-set of much of the construction industry leads to a failure to invest in apprentices.”
Recipro sourced this article from Construction index.