Train4TradeSkills News: Apprenticeships the way forward for Scottish construction firms
The Scottish government are reportedly set to only award new construction work to companies who promise that they will invest in training and take on new apprentices.
The Scottish Building Federation is recognising training and will make it a key criteria when awarding public sector contracts.
The Scottish government is committing itself to increase the number of apprenticeships in the next few years, and have said they will have created around 25,000 apprenticeships so far this year.
Federation Chief Executive Michael Levack has said:
“The public procurement system could do a great deal more to recognise the significant efforts many building firms are making in continuing to offer apprenticeships in the face of such tough trading conditions.
“We have strongly welcomed the Scottish government’s commitment to bring forward a sustainable procurement bill designed to recognise the creation of skills and training opportunities as part of the system for awarding public sector contracts.
“In so doing, the Scottish government would give a greater number of industry employers the confidence to recruit more apprentices, and help the industry to start rebuilding the skills and capacity it has lost.”
This would be great news for contractors in Scotland, and would give trainees the opportunity to work, gain new skills and get valuable experience working as plumbers, electricians, builders or in the trades as apprentices.
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Posted on October 10, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, Electrical News, electrician jobs, plumbing jobs, Plumbing News, t4ts, train4tradeskills and tagged apprentice electrician, Apprenticeship, construction, construction apprenticeships, construction jobs, Government, Michael Levack, plumbing apprenticeship, Scotland, Scottish government, t4ts, train 4 trade skills, train4tradeskills, training. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.