The current skills shortage is one of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry today, as the sector continues to struggle in meeting the demand for a skilled workforce. The National Builders Federation (NFB) keep banging the drum that in order to tackle the skills shortage, apprenticeships need to be better targeted, and SMEs should be given more purchasing power so that they are able to develop their own training provisions. With a long history of supporting construction companies in the region.
As part of its strategy to support skills growth, the Yorkshire Builders Federation (YBF) recognises the need to provide additional funding to break down barriers that could prevent young people entering or sustaining employment in the construction industry. As such they have a bursary available.
There is funding of up to £500 available per apprentice, to help overcome any barriers within their construction related learning. For instance, this could include such things as tools, driving lessons to commute to construction sites, or any potential additional requirements that can be submitted to the YBF committee for sponsorship consideration.
President of the YBF, Mark Scott, comments,
“To us it is important to help remove barriers that can prevent companies from supporting apprenticeships, and in turn the development of our future workforce. With the muddy waters of the apprenticeship levy, and restrictions on how funding can be spent, our bursary aims to provide a small helping hand to give not only young people a chance, but companies a chance to support those young people.”
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