What does a new housing estate, a high-speed train line, and a city planner all have in common? They’re all in the construction industry and employ apprentices.
The construction industry is a bustling part of the UK economy, and a popular choice for learners who wish to advance their careers through apprenticeships. There are multiple routes for learners to hone their craft, and a multitude of specialisms to make their career one they envision.
From electricians to builders, site planners to plumbers - and many more - learners can refine their skills under the tutelage of a business. A common misconception is that these are mostly entry level, however, the construction umbrella is wide reaching to include qualifications for architecture, town planning, surveying, and more that are achievable at degree level and beyond.
Both large firms and smaller companies are committed to providing a base for education. In 2022 alone, the Top 50 SMEs who offered apprenticeships were in the construction industry. According to statistics compiled by the education sector, in the 20/21 year, construction was the third largest sector for starts in SMEs.
However, this isn't the whole picture. The skills shortage means that 250,000 more workers are needed before 2025 in order to meet current demand. Many are hoping that the apprenticeship network will bring new workers to the industry, however there are many ways for it to be tackled.
Improving diversity is one. Women make up 15% of the UK construction industry, with just 2% working on site, and BAME and disabled employees make up just 12%. There is also the problem of stereotyping around the industry. Before students reach the age of 16, many are already aware of and perpetuating the stereotypes that surround the industry, something which is weakening its appeal.
By inspiring young people to consider construction earlier, the industry can meet demand as well as improve diversity. With the introduction of end-point assessments, apprentices can benefit from higher standards of learning compared to previous years - gaining more specialised skills that can further them in their career.
More EPAOs are searching for independent assessors with the skills and knowledge to help apprentices too. Should you wish to take on the role of assessor and share your skills to help others chart their course towards their dream role, at Skilltech, our EPA management software - epaPRO - can help you keep track and manage your end point assessments.
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