Construction apprenticeship starts in Great Britain are at a record high, according to figures released by the Construction Industry Training Board during National Apprenticeship Week.
Since 2012 the figure of those joining a construction apprenticeship has continued to rise steadily each year from 17,528 in 2012 to 26,195 in 2017, a rise of 49%. This is the highest figure since the present way of recording apprenticeships began in 2003.
Recent figures for England show apprenticeship starts have dropped by a quarter across the whole economy during August to November 2017, from 155,600 to 114,380.
Today’s 2017 GB figures, suggest that, for the moment, construction has bucked the overall trend in apprenticeships following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. Construction apprenticeships saw a marginal decline of just 150 starts, from 10,900 to 10,750.
Up to £10,250 of CITB grant funding is available to employers for every apprentice they employ. And with CITB research released last month predicting that over 158,000 new workers are needed in the next five years, there is no better time to encourage people to join the industry.
Mark Noonan, Industry Relations Director at CITB, said: “During National Apprenticeship Week we want to showcase what a fantastic career construction can provide and it is good news that apprentice numbers remain strong.
“Construction has faced a challenging time with Carillion’s unfortunate liquidation, but the industry response has shown how committed employers are to helping to develop young talent.
“While the overall picture for apprenticeship starts looks good at the moment, there is no room for complacency. We now need more employers to step forward to offer apprentices places so that they can start a rewarding career in construction and help build a better Britain.”