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National Apprenticeship Week commences

National Apprenticeship Week 2014 will take place from 3-7 March 2014.

Now in its seventh year, National Apprenticeship Week is the time when the industry highlights the importance of apprenticeships amongst employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media.

Everyone with an interest in Apprenticeships across England is encouraged to get involved in the Week.

According to UCATT, in 2012/13 the number of construction apprentices completing their training fell to just 7,208, far below the number of new entrants the industry needs.

UCATT said the number of construction apprentices being trained has halved since the beginning of the recession in 2008, and that figure was already entirely inadequate to meet the needs of the industry.

UCATT general secretary Steve Murphy said: “The lack of apprentices and construction training is already creating severe skills shortages in the construction industry.”

Mr Murphy added: “National apprenticeship week has got to be about more than the industry patting itself on the back and telling everyone it is doing a great job. The facts are we are not training anything like enough apprentices and the quality of that training is decidedly dubious.”

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