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Construction apprentices top satisfaction survey

Construction apprentices are more satisfied than their counterparts in other sectors, according to a survey published today by the government.

The survey of 5,000 apprenticeships found that 77 per cent of those doing construction, planning and other built environment apprenticeships were very satisfied with their experience.

They were also the most satisfied with the amount of training and how it was balanced with work, according to the report from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Skills minister John Hayes said: “These results are a credit to the construction industry and training providers.

“Excellent training is key to a successful career in the industry so it pleasing that apprentices are already reporting high levels of satisfaction.”

He added that the survey results would be used to focus on improving quality in areas of weakness.

The survey also found that built environment apprentices were most likely to report positive work outcomes, and attribute these directly to the impact of their apprenticeship.

Construction apprentices scored highly when compared with other sectors including information & communication technology, health, public services & care and leisure, travel & tourism.

Overall, the survey found that 89 per cent of apprentices across all sectors were satisfied with their training.

Readers' comments (3)

  • That construction apprentices are more satisfied than their counterparts is an excellent commendation on the quality of training being offered to construction apprentices throughout the country. CITB-ConstructionSkills has always worked hard to ensure the highest quality of apprenticeship training is offered to entrants into the sector. Apprenticeships are the main entry route for most of our future talent and have proven an excellent start for so many in their construction careers. Apprentices are the lifeblood of this industry and it is only right that they and employers alike are happy with the quality and effectiveness of their training.

    Mike Bialyj, Director of Employer Services, CITB-ConstructionSkills

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  • Robert Hudson

    Which once again highlights the difference between craft apprenticships in the construction sector and there counterparts in other sectors which are trainees and not apprenticeships with fundamentally less structured training on offer

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  • Bill Wynn

    It's great to read. The construction and engineering industry really does have a skills shortage, so there will be great long-term career prospects.

    Apprenticeships, if done right by the company can add real value to the company and the teams that those Apprentices work in.

    Construction sector is on the up, don't believe otherwise.

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