Berkeley to triple number of construction apprentices

Berkeley Group has pledged to triple its number of apprentices in training by 2018 in a bid to “solve the skills crisis” in construction.

Earlier this month,  the Construction Industry Training Board found that 25% of contractors are not bidding for new business because of labour shortages. Berkeley said it would “turn the tide” by tripling its apprenticeship numbers from 512 to 1,500, and championing excellence in construction training through a new awards scheme.

Rob Perrins, Berkeley Group chief executive, said it was the responsibility of businesses – not government – to find a solution to the construction skills crisis.

“Working in construction today is cutting edge, worthwhile and well rewarded. That’s the message we have to communicate, getting into schools and tapping into talent pools that historically the industry has struggled to reach – women as well as men, people of all ages, and from every culture and community.”

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