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CITB-ConstructionSkills Call on Employers to Offer Apprenticeship Places to Meet Industry Demand

CITB-ConstructionSkills is urging employers to act now in order not to miss out on high calibre apprentices needed to help meet future workload and growing industry demands.

CITB-ConstructionSkills - the construction industry training body and a partner in the construction Sector Skills Council - has more than 5000 aspiring construction recruits registered with its Managing Agency who have already passed selection tests and are eager to start work in the industry.

Construction employers are being encouraged to take up apprentices before 1 August to ensure they do not miss out. A grant of up to £8,000 is available to employers registered with CITB-ConstructionSkills to help with training costs.

The Managing Agency service, which manages nearly 10,000 apprentices nationally every year, provides a dedicated team who will help employers select a suitable apprentice that complements their business. This team also works with the apprentices to identify appropriate college places, and provides ongoing support and advice throughout the training period to both the apprentice and employer.

CITB-ConstructionSkills Managing Agency Director, Max Hamps, said apprentices can bring a great many benefits to employers.

“Apprentices play an important role in securing the future of the companies who employ them. Our qualified apprentices have already passed the necessary selection tests and have demonstrated their dedication and enthusiasm to work in the industry,” he said.

The apprentice recruitment drive from CITB-ConstructionSkills comes at a time when the industry is enjoying a period of sustained growth, with many high profile construction projects being planned across the UK, among them the Thames Gateway, large port projects at Shellhaven, Felixstowe and Harwich, the £1 billion regeneration of the BP refinery in Neath, the construction of 75,000 new homes in Liverpool and the East London Line extension which will support the 2012 Olympics.”

CITB-ConstructionSkills Regional Manager South, Robert MacGregor, said the challenge was balancing training with the growing demand within the industry, both nationally and regionally.

“With only a limited time left before placements are filled, it is vital that our local employers act now to secure the right apprentice to help them meet their workload demands and plan for the future growth of their company.”

The latest Construction Skills Network Report (published in June 2006) reveals that 87,000 people are needed nationally to join the construction industry every year between now and 2010 just to meet current demand.

“We are committed to helping employers recruit high quality apprentices that best fit their business,” continued Robert MacGregor “We also provide mentoring and support for apprentices from dedicated training officers as we believe that a qualified workforce is a safe and competent workforce.”

For more information and advice on how to recruit an apprentice for your business, contact CITB-ConstructionSkills on tel: 01485 577 577 or visit:

www.citb-constructionskills.co.uk/apprenticeships

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