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              Trade News
Supporting Skills Growth
Although UK tradespeople are optimistic about the future, with 82% expecting business activity to remain at the same level or grow over the next 12 months and nearly half (45%) reporting being busier than last year – research conducted by trade retailer, Screwfix, has revealed the majority (57%) are reporting difficulties in recruiting staff to support them.
For those who struggle to recruit skilled employees, more than one third (37%) believe it is because apprenticeships are not given the same level of respect as a university education. Furthermore, 31% say poor public perception of a career in the trade means school leavers are not interested in pursuing a future in construction.
The research, conducted as part of Screwfix Trade Pulse*, a monthly index of more than 500 UK tradespeople, also revealed strong work levels across the trade at the moment, as nearly one fifth (18%) of tradespeople has more work than they can handle and 40% are quoting for more jobs than 12 months ago.
Nearly all (94%) tradespeople said they would recommend a career in the trade and of the reasons why, 85% say they have a strong sense of achievement when a job is done and, 80% enjoy seeing the results of their hard work.
More than half (57%) of those surveyed said they started as apprentices and, when it comes to increasing the numbers undertaking trade apprenticeships, more than one third (35%) believe greater focus is needed on vocational education in schools. More than one quarter (26%) believe improved awareness about the opportunities offered by a career in the trade would drive greater uptake of apprenticeships, with 19% saying that reducing red tape for employers looking to hire
UK tradespeople struggle to recruit the next generation of trade
30% 31% believe it is because
apprenticeships are not
given the same level of
Trade Pulse Press
‘The voice of the trade’
struggle to find
skilled & qualified labour
Greater focus
on the opportunities of a career in the trade are needed to attract more apprentices.
       respect as university education
What can we do?
of tradespeople think more
could be done to attract people to retrain for a new career in the trade
Nearly one fifth
61%believe greater knowledge on the support available to
say poor public perception of a career in the trade is deterring school leavers
     retrain in the trade is crucial
   say red tape needs to be reduced to encourage more employers to hire an apprentice
  There is so much opportunity
are quoting for
more work than 12 months ago
  an apprentice should be considered.
The research also looked at views around those entering construction at a later stage in their careers. The significant majority (82%) of tradespeople think more could be done to attract people to the trade further into their working lives. More than two thirds (69%) think increasing awareness of the opportunities available would help attract people into the trade and 61% believe
greater knowledge of the support available to retrain is also crucial. i
To support skills growth in the construction trade Screwfix has partnered with Yeovil College to launch a pilot course covering core construction skills for year 10 and 11 pupils at a time when there is a widely reported construction skills gap.
The Screwfix Construction Trade Academy course aims to educate young people about a successful future in the trade before leaving school.
The 16 students studying the course will learn the foundations of bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry and electrical contracting.
The Screwfix Construction Trade Academy course is City & Guilds qualified and will see the students gain valuable skills, as well as adding to their GCSEs and help towards gaining an apprenticeship after leaving school.
As part of Screwfix’s commitment to support the future of construction, the retailer has also invested in a new purpose-built site at the College. Work has started on the new ‘Screwfix Trade Skills Centre’ which will see the students benefit from a dedicated space, specifically designed to meet the needs of the future tradespeople training there. The centre features two state-of-the-art work training areas, which have been designed to enable Yeovil College to meet the needs of its local and regional industries. With each training area having the capacity to train up to 20 students/apprentices at any one time, the students will attend the
college for half day weekly sessions to give them a taster of life in the trades. i
of tradespeople believe business
will stay the same or improve
in next 12 months
they can handle
         are busier than last year
have more work than
        better vocational education in schools

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