The importance of apprentices and trainees

Apprentices and trainees can bring more to a business than an extra pair of hands.

They can also offer up fresh ideas, a new surge of enthusiasm and – most importantly – a succession plan.

The latter has never been more important in the construction industry, where a huge skills gap has resulted in a lack of expertise and a backlog of work.

Recruitment is key

Recruiting young people into the sector and training them up is key to delivering current and future projects to a high standard.

Many firms cut back apprenticeship schemes and training schemes when work was sparse.

But those with their eye on the ball are now starting a major recruitment drive to ensure growth is sustainable.

Of course, with strong competition among firms to attract the top talent, it is essential that employers offer a compelling proposition to new entrants.

You can do this by showcasing the skills of your company, showing young people how they can climb the ladder and offering incentives and reward schemes for those who progress quickly.

Taking on talent

The UK’s CITB carried out a survey into apprenticeships in the construction sector earlier this year.

It found that there has been a 30% increase in the number of companies taking on apprentices.

Some 26% of participant firms hired apprentices in 2014, an improvement on the 20% reported in 2013.

And around 25% of firms said that they were likely to take on apprentices this year.

The results also indicated that, as a result of skills shortages, 23% of companies are turning down work and 20% have seen projects over-run.

Never been a better time to bag a job

There has never been a better time to consider expanding.

And for school leavers, job seekers and young people looking for a new career path, there has never been a better time to consider construction.

After all, the industry is bursting with opportunity for anyone looking to climb the ladder.

You might start out learning one trade, which gives you a foothold into management, but then develop the skills which make for a great quantity surveyor or construction project manager.