Construction in Scotland is a vital part of the economy and is expected to grow over the next five years, with more than 4,000 new employees needed each year to keep up with demand.
Modern Apprenticeships are a great way to recruit talent into the industry.
By hiring a Modern Apprentice, your business gets the skills and talent it needs. At the same time, your apprentice gets their career off to a roaring start – with industry-recognised qualifications based on highly structured training.
Good for business
Businesses that offer Apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development.
The benefits for businesses taking on an apprentice, also include access to funding to support the cost of training, and all construction apprenticeship qualifications are developed with industry partners to ensure they are up to date and fit for purpose.
Apprentices inject enthusiasm into your workforce – over 80%* of employers agree that apprentices make their workplace more productive. Interest in Apprenticeships has increased in recent years meaning there is a healthy competition for vacancies.
Housing market boost
Our latest Construction Skill Network (CSN) research suggests housebuilding will boost growth in Scotland’s construction industry over the next five years.
Both public housing (3.6%) and private housing (4.1%) are predicted to show sustained and solid growth during this period. Repair and maintenance of existing buildings is also improving, with a year on year average of 2.3% growth.
This means that even though major infrastructure work is slowing down, the Scottish construction industry still needs to recruit more than 21,000 workers by 2020 to meet demand.
Apprenticeships are the future of construction, and with a predicted skills shortage on the horizon, they provide the ideal way for businesses of all sizes to survive and thrive in a growing and competitive industry.
Apprenticeships are vital to our industry
Scottish Apprenticeship Week is all about raising the profile of apprenticeships amongst employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media.
Construction in the 21st century requires a diverse range of technical, design and management skills, an apprenticeship is a high-quality vocational route that opens the door to a wide range of career opportunities, including architect, surveyor, civil engineer and structural engineer as well as the more traditional trades.
Register an Apprenticeship vacancy with CITB
CITB Apprenticeships promote the ethos of the “Right Apprentice” on the “Right Programme” with the “Right Support” - this leads to more apprentices successfully completing their training and becoming an asset to your business.
Call CITB on 0344 994 8800 to find out more, or if you have all the information on the checklist you can register an apprenticeship vacancy online.
If you are looking to start an Apprenticeship in construction you should visit our bConstructive website.
* Source: The National Apprenticeship Service.