Government ‘should do more for apprentice builders’

Ensuring there are a sufficient number of skilled builders ready to cope for an upsurge in housebuilding will require more government support for construction apprenticeships.

This is the view of Steve Turner, head of communications at the Home Builders Federation, who said the economic crisis resulted in fewer initiatives for trainees.

He remarked: “If the government is serious about increasing housing supply, we have got to ensure that we have got the skills required in the future to do that.”

According to Mr. Turner, the responsibility is shared between the industry and the authorities, as residential property is a “national need”.

This is particularly important for producing workers talented enough to help the country produce zero-carbon abodes, the expert went on to state.

His comments come as the Cross-industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force urged the government to take an active stance towards mending the skills gap in the building industry.

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