Study calls for changes to current apprenticeship system
Builders must hire 112,000 skilled workers over next five years to meet housing and infrastructure needs
16th May 2018
Builders will need to hire 112,000 skilled workers over the next five years to fill a growing shortage that threatens the industry’s ability to meet demand for housing and infrastructure, a new report shows.
A study by Dublin Institute of Technology for the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) shows that close to nine out of 10 building companies face problems hiring qualified trades people.
The report urges that the Government and industry take steps to change the current apprenticeship system to provide the estimated 112,000 workers that will be needed over the next five years.
The study recommends “zero rating” pay-related social insurance contributions for employers hiring apprentices in trades where there is a dire need. Similarly, it calls for the State to offer grants for apprenticeships in some trades until the shortage has been addressed.
The report also proposes a review of the periods that apprentices spend receiving training off the job.
The study recommends that a forum actively market the construction industry as a viable career to young people.
Source: Irish Times