Post-recession confidence sees rise in electrical apprenticeships
Select, the Scottish electrical trade union, says an air of post-recession confidence in the sector has led to a rise in the number of apprentices attracted to the industry.
650 people have signed up for adult training schemes and apprenticeships run by the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) this year, up from 580 in 2014.
This includes 105 adult trainees joining the sector, many of them over the age of 25 and who have previously worked in the construction industry but have no formal qualifications.
Apprenticeship numbers are now at their highest level since the depths of the recession in 2009-10, and SELECT says these are continuing a “steady upward progress.”
Anne Galbraith, chief executive of SECTT, said: “SELECT’s member companies are taking on more and more of the skilled tradesmen of the future, and they have stuck with the training programmes through the bad times of the past few years.
“While some areas of Scotland are doing better in terms of economic recovery than others, we are seeing a gradual upward incline in the take-up of apprentice places, and that is a more sustainable situation than sudden peaks and steep troughs.
“There is a huge amount of building going on in Scotland at the moment, and the supply chain is benefitting enormously from major infrastructure projects such as the new Forth Crossing and the re-opened Borders Railway.
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