Published: 24th Jun 2009

As the economic climate has worsened, it has become more challenging for businesses in the UK to retain their apprentices and continue to invest in qualifying the workforce. But particularly for the construction sector, which has been beset by skills shortages since the 1990s recession when many employers slashed their training budgets, there is now a very real need to retain and recruit trainees so that the next generation of workers is not lost. To achieve this aim, construction employers will need the active support from public sector organisations, which form the industry’s largest client base and provide a vital revenue stream this year, due to the £7 billion of infrastructure building work which is planned to revitalise the nation’s public services. The 1990s economic slump had a profound impact on the level of skilled workers within the UK’s construction industry. In fact, between the years of 1990 and 1993, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)