Training and the Built Environment  

The Training and the Built Environment report (formerly the Trainee Numbers Survey) provides a complete picture of training in the built environment, and measures the number of people entering construction training.  

Research provides facts about the industry, which then form the building blocks for change and improvements in performance for those who use and work in construction. 

CITB undertakes a regular programme of research that aims to identify the skills needed to improve the construction industry's competitiveness. 

As part of the research programme, the Training and the Built Environment Report provides a complete picture of training in the built environment.

Summary: 

Training and the Built Environment  

The Training and the Built Environment report (formerly the Trainee Numbers Survey) provides a complete picture of training in the built environment, and measures the number of people entering construction training.  

Research provides facts about the industry, which then form the building blocks for change and improvements in performance for those who use and work in construction. 

CITB undertakes a regular programme of research that aims to identify the skills needed to improve the construction industry's competitiveness. 

As part of the research programme, the Training and the Built Environment Report provides a complete picture of training in the built environment.

Summary: 

  • The number of first year trainees stood at 14,900; this is below the level reached in the 1990’s recession.
  • Wood trades and Bricklaying are the largest occupations in terms of absolute numbers for the eighth year running.
  • The majority of first year trainees (48%) are undertaking Level 2 qualifications and a further 27% are undertaking Level 1 qualifications.
  • The regions with the highest proportions of trainees overall are Scotland and Wales (18%) and in Yorkshire and Humber (16%).
  • The proportion of first year trainees commencing S/NVQ’s has continued to decrease and is now just 37%.
  • 61% of first year trainees undertaking a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification are starting an apprenticeship.
  • Scotland has the largest share of apprentices accounting for 17% of all apprentices, followed by 16% in the East Midlands.
  • Continuing a trend seen since 2006/07 56% of first year trainees are aged 18 and under.
  • The proportion of female first year trainees is 6%, the highest proportion recorded by the survey.
  • The proportion of first year trainees from an ethnic minority background is 6%, which is consistent with their representation in the construction workforce.
  • In 2014/2015 just under 20,000 students enrolled on higher education courses in construction and the built environment; over half of these were studying for a first degree.
  • The most popular subject at higher education level was Architecture, accounting for 34% of all students.
  • The proportion of ethnic minority groups enrolling on first degrees has increased over the last ten years from 15% to 28%.
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