The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has published a report, ‘Defusing the skills time bomb’. The report reveals that, although 94% of small construction firms wanted to train apprentices, the perceived bureaucracy and cost involved is preventing 33% of these firms from taking on apprentices.
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, has suggested that providing better information, and making it more easily accessible, would encourage more small construction firms to hire apprentices. According to the FMB’s research, almost 80% of firms that do not recruit apprentices are unaware of the apprenticeship grants available to them and 75% of these firms stated that they would be more likely to take on an apprentice if they had knowledge of the financial support available.
E3 Bradford and the Chamber is supporting local companies with free advice on the LEP apprenticeship grant. Complete a no-obligation enquiry form here and contact Rachel Fuller on 01274 206656 for further information.
The funding is available from now until 31st December so businesses should act now if they are interested.