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Three quarters of tradespeople want the industry to hire more apprentices

At Dakea, we want to work with tradespeople to try and make their job easier so we recently asked 500 roofers, installers and local contractors across the UK their opinions on apprentices in the industry. Over 3/4 (78%) of said that it’s crucial the industry recruits more apprentices and further 57% even said that they think apprentices are currently underutilized.  The research we conducted also showed that 74 per cent of people in the industry believe there needs to be more support for apprentices and the skilled workforce of tomorrow.

But it’s not just the impending skills gap that can be resolved through apprentices. They can also have significant benefits outside of the traditional construction job role. As the world has embraced more and more technology in the wake of COVID-19, using technology in your day-to-day job can have a significant impact on the success of a business. Despite this, only three quarters of the industry admitted they are fully comfortable with using technology compared with 100% of those that have been working in the industry for less than two years, who are most likely recently qualified tradespeople!

To make sure that you can help grow their business with the recruitment of apprentices, we have created a selection of free guides that includes:

  • How to hire your apprentices
  • How to develop your apprentice
  • Index of training collateral provided by Dakea

Mhairi McDougall, Country Manager UK and Ireland at Dakea, said: “The construction industry has been facing a skills gap for years, something that needs remedying to ensure we have enough skilled workers to meet industry demands in the near future:

“Having grown up around technology and social media, apprentices are digital natives making them best placed to help businesses adopt emerging technologies and futureproof businesses. Apprentices can offer a fresh perspective on potentially exhausted working practices and at Dakea, we believe that the more businesses invest in apprentices, the great reward they will see.”

You can find out more about the survey and download our free guides.

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