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Employers urged to take on more apprentices

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CONSTRUCTING Excellence chief executive Dennis Lenard is urging contractors to take on more apprentices following the Government's commitment to make £800 million available for training schemes.

Mr Lenard said: 'Currently only around 42 per cent of employers within the construction industry take on apprentices and trainees - and statistics like this simply aren't good enough.'

'A lack of skilled workers has serious impacts on areas such as health and safety and ultimately on the bottom line of business.

'Construction employs over 1.4 million people in this country.How many of these have been through apprenticeship training schemes?'

Mr Lenard highlighted a scheme run by the Esh group as the way forward for the industry.

He said: 'The firm has created a 10week, broad-based induction to the industry for GCSE students and 30 students out of every 100 who take part are offered permanent jobs with the company.'