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Apprenticeships: tackling the construction skills gap


Wednesday 28th February 2018

The construction boom will be held back by skills gaps according to recent research.

An article published by The Times, states that the current skills gap in the construction industry is at a record high.

According to the Federation of Master Builders, the industry is struggling to hire bricklayers, carpenters and joiners. This gap comes at a crucial time as the government has set a target to build 300,000 homes every year in England alone.

Tim Forster, Learning and Skills Manager for Transport at the Built Environment at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College talks about how Apprenticeships can help to fill this gap.

“As a training provider we strongly believe that Apprenticeships are the key to training the next generation of Construction workers. By working as a paid employee whilst working towards their qualification, Apprentices develop into loyal team members, with in-depth knowledge not only of the industry but of the specific company they work for.

“Another key focus is promoting Construction to young people as an exciting industry: with career options ranging from Bricklaying, Planning, Surveying and Architecture and national projects like to HS2 creating a huge range of job roles in the West Midlands area, there really has never been a better time to join the industry.

“At North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, we currently offer Apprenticeships in:

  • Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting                                                                 
  • Fenestration                                                                                    
  • Fitted Interiors                                                                                 
  • Property Maintenance Operative                                                                                     
  • Trowel Occupations                                                                                                           
  • Wood Occupations

“We also have dedicated Construction facilities at our locations in Hinckley and South Wigston.”

To find out more about employing an Apprentice, contact the College’s Business Development Team: be@nwslc.ac.uk 0116 264 3545.

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