Scaffolding Association supportive of National Apprenticeship Week 2023 (6th – 12th February)
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Published: February 3, 2023
National Apprenticeship Week 2023 will be the 16th week-long celebration of apprenticeships and will see employers and organisations come together with schools, colleges, career advisers and thousands of young people to showcase apprenticeship opportunities.
The week comes at a challenging time for the construction sector and follows a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) report which details a requirement for up to 225,000 extra construction workers by 2027. The report sights apprenticeships as having a significant part to play in meeting this demand.
Robert Candy, Chief Executive of the Scaffolding Association said “Apprenticeships are a vital qualification route, particularly for young people who wish to combine academic learning with on-the-job training, enabling them to gain skills, work experience and a nationally recognised qualification”.
“Statistics show that apprenticeship enrollments in the scaffolding and access sector have slowed since 2020/21 and so it’s really important to make sure that they are relevant, support modern and innovative ways of learning and result in qualifications which provide access to work. This is why we work tirelessly to challenge our own sectors’ training and skills programmes”.
For more information on apprenticeships and to get involved in National Apprenticeship Week click here.
Notes for editors
The Scaffolding Association is the UK’s largest dedicated trade association representing the Scaffolding and Access industry.
The construction sector employs 2.7millon people, contributes over £100bn to the UK economy which is 7% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Press Contact: Chris Seaton – [email protected] or 07979 531464.