We need to turn these statistics around. Apprenticeships aren’t only good for the apprentices themselves; they also bring huge benefits to employers. Apprentices can improve the quality of employers’ services2 and improve employee retention, and the cost of apprenticeship training pays for itself within one to two years of completion. So with this in mind, how can employers help raise the profile of apprenticeships?
Firstly, I believe the Government, schools and employers must collaborate to provide powerful and informative messages to our young people - whether this message is between the Government and schools, or between careers advisors, teachers, tutors, parents or guardians and the young people themselves. As a key player in the construction industry, BAM Construct UK will continue to work closely with schools and colleges, sharing our opportunities and showcasing the industry’s latest technology to get students excited about an apprenticeship in construction.