During National Apprenticeship Week, Karen Morley, Chartered FCIPD Director of HR at integrated property services and project delivery specialist Styles&Wood gives her view on the scheme that is increasingly bringing young people into the workplace.

“There’s undoubtedly a need to encourage more candidates to sign up for construction apprenticeships, but there’s also an issue with keeping existing trainees engaged. The most recent ONS figures show that of the 17,630 people who started apprenticeships in 2011, half dropped out before 2014.”

“The industry has to innovate and provide the kind of dynamic varied learning experience that will keep trainees motivated and engaged, while also developing competent and well-rounded future employees.”

“Our solution has been to offer modular apprenticeships, where trainees are rotated through our various divisions, picking up a range of complementary skills. We’ve seen the positive impact such schemes can have on apprentices and are now expanding that approach externally. We’ve launched a new initiative in partnership with project management firm GVA Acuitywhich will see apprentices move between our two businesses, exposing them to the full lifecycle of refurbishment projects and allowing them to develop a range of management and technical skills.”

“The scheme has been designed to give trainees a broad foundation from which they can develop a career in the sector and we believe it will make them more likely to remain in construction for the long term.”

This article was took from Greater Manchester Business Week, Thursday 12 March, 2015

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