Building apprenticeships at highest for seven years

Building apprentice numbers north of the Border have bounced back to a seven-year high, new figures reveal.

Building apprentice numbers are at their highest since 2009. Picture: Michael Gillen
Building apprentice numbers are at their highest since 2009. Picture: Michael Gillen

The number of apprentices registered in Scotland rose by 6 per cent last year to 1,778, according to the Scottish Building Apprenticeship & Training Council. Publication of the figures coincides with this year’s national apprenticeship week.

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While the total marks the highest number of apprentices registered in the Scottish construction industry since 2009, it remains 36 per cent, or about 1,000 apprentices, below the record number of 2,758 registered in Scotland in 2007, prior to the economic downturn.

Vaughan Hart, managing director of the Scottish Building Federation, said: “As apprentice numbers continue to recover, it is important that we ensure an appropriate balance between the quantity and quality of apprentices being delivered in the sector.”