Scottish apprentice numbers start to move back up
The new figures have been released by the Scottish Building Apprenticeship &Training Council (SBATC), the body responsible for registering all apprentices from the traditional building trades in Scotland.
The 2014 registration figure is 20% higher than the number of Scottish building apprentices indentured in 2012, when numbers reached a 15-year low of 1,299. But apprentice numbers remain 42% below their historic peak of more than 2,700 apprentices registered in 2007, immediately before the recession.
The apprentice registration figures were released as latest official statistics showed that the Scottish construction industry employed 6,000 fewer workers at the end of 2014 than it had at the end of 2013, taking direct employment within the sector to 177,000. This fall in industry employment was recorded during a year when overall output from the industry actually increased by 16%, taking its overall value to the Scottish economy to more than £12bn.
Commenting on the latest apprentice registration figures, Paul Mitchell, SBATC registrar and head of employment affairs at the Scottish Building Federation, said: “Apprenticeship numbers in the traditional building trades are continuing to improve following six years of decline between 2007 and 2012. We hope and anticipate that this trend will continue over subsequent years as the industry continues to recover.
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