Decline of construction and trade apprentices

Recent statistics released by Direct Line for Business have revealed a decline in construction and trade apprenticeships. The breakdown of figures demonstrates that construction and trade apprenticeships made up just 7% of all apprenticeships last year, decreasing from a positive 12% in 2006. These figures were compared against other types of apprenticeships which have shown an increase in popularity, evidencing a 57% increase in the number of total apprenticeships in the last five years to 434,630 during 2013/14.

Arranged in order of the total number of apprenticeships created throughout 2013/14, only two construction and trade focused apprenticeships ranked in the top ten (construction skills at ninth and industrial applications at tenth).

This outcome is a stark contrast to 2006/07 when construction skills apprenticeships were ranked at the top with over 20,000 apprenticeships undertaken in this field.

In addition to these figures, further statistics show that the number of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs) and Credit Framework Qualifications (QCFs) awarded between 2013 and 2014 fell by 14% from 5,443,000 to 4,684,000.

The number of NVQs/SVQs achieved in the UK has reduced hugely over the last four years from one million in 2009/10 to 44,000 in 2013/14. Similarly, the number of VRQs achieved in the UK also decreased from two million in 2009/10 to 190,000 in 2013/14. Furthermore qualifications in construction, planning and the built environment made up only 5% of all qualifications in 2013/14 (232,200 out of 4,684,000).

Nick Breton, head of Direct Line for Business said: “Apprenticeships are important for budding builders, plumbers and electricians to get into the workplace. With fewer people in apprenticeships there is a risk of creating a skills gap that will affect businesses and consumers alike.

“The introduction of the new £3 billion apprenticeship levy in the Government’s Autumn Statement and the promise of three million new apprenticeships across the UK is a positive move, which we hope will make it easier for SMEs to ensure that they have access to skilled young workers.”

Courtesy of RCI Mag

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