Government ‘must invest in construction apprenticeships’


The coalition needs to invest in construction training for young people if it is to avoid a skills gap in the industry, it has been claimed.

Beatrice Orchard, coordinator of the Cross-industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force, said building schemes for youngsters are crucial to the introduction of sustainable construction practices.

“In order to build a sustainable skills base ready to deliver the required changes to the built environment, the construction sector must not be overlooked,” she commented.

Ms Orchard stated the government needs to create an atmosphere in which it is possible to make training affordable if the transition to a low-carbon economy is to be successful.

Furthermore, a lack of apprenticeships would leave many young people with a “bleak future”, she continued.

Earlier this month, Gordon Miller – sustainability and communications director of Sustain Worldwide – remarked house builders will be compelled to construct more sustainable properties as public awareness of environmental issues grows.

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