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Homeowners think building firms should be required to hire apprentices

Research conducted by the Travis Perkins Group shows 70% of UK homeowners believe that building firms with a turnover of over £500,000 should be required to take on an apprentice each year

Homeowners think building firms should be required to hire apprentices

The results of the survey of nearly 1,100 homeowners throughout the UK also reported that 55% believe the government should pay for a year’s apprenticeship for young people (aged 19-24) to come into the building trade.

In addition, 48% said there should be a special government scheme to help people re-train later in life, while 64% think there should be a special government programme targeted at the long-term unemployed to train them in building skills and get them placed in apprenticeships.

The survey was conducted ahead of National Apprentice Week, which runs from 3-7 March. Some of Travis Perkins Group’s top executives, including its new chief executive John Carter, came through the ranks of its own management apprenticeship programme.

The group announced that it is recruiting 138 new management apprentices throughout the company, which would bring the total currently working in various functions within the group to almost 300.

Carol Kavanagh, group human resources director at the Travis Perkins Group, said: “We recognise that skills and training are not only the lifeblood of the industries and trades that we serve but also of our own company.

“We believe we have a responsibility to the building industry to put a marker in the ground and support apprenticeships in the trades, as well as to ensure that we nurture the next generation of talent within our own company. Our scheme has significant heritage and meaning in the Travis Perkins Group and has provided many generations of excellent managers, including some who developed into very senior roles and also became members of the executive board over the years.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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