Apprenticeships have been a hot topic of discussion in the press recently, with the words on everyone’s lips being ‘skills shortage’. Mat woodyatt, training manager for redland, discusses the shortage, apprenticeships and why this issue is an industry-wide problem.
The skills shortage is something that has had a wide spread effect on all sectors of the construction industry - from the bricklayers to the factory engineers. It has delayed the economic recovery and is crippling the development of new building projects all over the country. Redland currently has three apprentices working towards becoming Multi-Skilled Technician. Working closely with the training team at South Cerney, and the colleges they attend a few days a week, each apprentice will receive the education and practical skills they need to become a fully qualified member of the team.
There is still a lot of work to be done at a secondary school level to promote apprenticeships. In a lot of cases it is seen as a Plan B and only relevant if a pupil can’t get the grades they need for university. If someone is willing to put the work in to learn what they need to, an apprentice can potentially be earning a significant amount more than their university-educated counterpart and they won’t have the huge debt hanging over them that goes with being a student.
Redland will continue working to develop its apprenticeship programme in a way that is mutually beneficial for both parties. With a dedicated team to deliver expert on-the-job training, the apprentices are provided with the right tools to enter a lucrative career in an industry that is sorely in need of skilled workers.