Today marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week which brings together companies and apprentices across the country to celebrate the value apprenticeships have on individuals, companies and the country as a whole. This week shines a light on the positive impact apprenticeships can make, raising awareness of the benefits which encourages more people to consider this career path.

An apprenticeship is a combination of training on the job and related classroom instruction. It is a proven method of skill-building and career advancement that has been utilised for generations. Today, apprenticeships are available in a variety of industries including scaffolding and construction.

One of the key benefits of an apprenticeship is that it allows individuals to gain valuable experience in their chosen field. This hands-on experience can be invaluable for those who are just starting out in their careers, as it provides them with a deeper understanding of their chosen industry and the skills they require to succeed.

It is widely known that the construction industry in the UK has a shortfall of around 250,000 skilled workers.  Apprenticeships are a great way to gain an interest in the industry and to promote the construction industry to the younger generation.

Apprenticeships give companies the opportunity to build and develop a qualified and skilled workforce.

Another benefit of an apprenticeship is that it provides individuals with a pathway to a well paid career. Many apprenticeship programs also offer opportunities for advancement and career growth.

Apprentices are trained to meet the specific needs of the employer, ensuring that they have the skills required to succeed on the job. Additionally, apprenticeships can help employers reduce the cost of recruitment and training, as apprentices are trained on-the-job and they can earn while they learn.

National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity for individuals to learn more about the many benefits apprenticeships offer and to explore where in the construction industry that they are best suited.