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YTS contributed to the skills gap

Sir,

I read recently that contractors are being urged to take on more apprentices, especially in mind of the skills shortage.

If my memory serves me correctly, in the 1980s and 1990s, the construction industry had thrust upon it the YOP and YTS – the traditional apprenticeship, it appeared, was all but mothballed.

I think as time has passed, they proved to be disastrous and, in part, are responsible
for the present-day skill shortage.

I might also add that there appears to be a fear among -clients not to allow anyone on site who is under 18 years old, often saying: “We are sorry, but due to health and safety reasons, we cannot -allow -anyone onsite who is under 18.”

What chance has a 16 or 17-year-old got of being employed when they cannot get on site?

Why can’t young people get on site?

Is it because of insurers, the HSE, ministers, or the industry in general?

Who is actually responsible? Perhaps someone will own up and give a credible reason.

Stuart Murry
Churchill Steeplejacks
Ruddington
Nottingham