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Cranbrook Younghayes Centre Hosts Apprenticeship Breakfast Event

CITB and National Apprenticeship Service are hosting a breakfast for builders at Cranbrook's Younghayes Centre on Friday 7 March as part of the celebrations for National Apprenticeship Week (3- 7 March).  

The theme of the morning is to highlight the opportunities to engage apprentices as part of the construction programme at Cranbrook. 

A capacity crowd of carpenters, bricklayers, plumbers, electricians and painters are attending the event and will be invited to get involved in an Apprenticeship Dragons Den pitch and a briefing by Rob Benson, Managing Director Mi-Space, the contractor for the new education campus. 



CITB will also be presenting the Lew Drake award for the Construction Apprentice of the Year award. The South West is attracting a range of private housing, public sector and infrastructure projects over the next 5 years which is contributing to £83 billion construction income that makes up 6% of GDP. 

A recent CITB survey confirms that 31,850 new skilled workers will be needed to deliver the construction projects currently on the books in the South West.  The same survey illustrates that 80% of the construction skilled trades people will be retired within the next 10 years. 

The National Apprenticeship Service, Jobcentre Plus and CITB will focus on the Government funding that is available to ensure we are supporting the next generation of skilled construction workers. Our aim is to convince them of the benefits of recruiting construction apprentices so they remain resilient in a growing Exeter and highly competitive sector.  

Cranbrook is a fantastic opportunity to grow the Devon economy - 20 year project involving mixed development including over 6,000 new houses.  This forms part of a wider growth area that includes over 3m sq.ft of new commercial floorspace. The development programme is expected to support around  900 jobs in the construction industry so we want to make some of these Apprenticeships. The breakfast is being endorsed by the house builders Bovis, Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey.

The event is part of the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week will takes place from 3-7 March 2014, with hundreds of events expected to take place across England.

The Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. 

Every year the Week increases in popularity and National Apprenticeship Week 2013 was a phenomenal success, with more than 900 events and activities on offer.  These ranged from business events designed to encourage more employers to recruit apprentices, to interactive careers events aimed at potential apprentices. 

For 2014, supporters are being encouraged to organise events and activity around the theme “Great Apprenticeships” – showcasing how Apprenticeships are great for businesses, personal careers and creating opportunities for both employers and apprentices.  A national calendar of events is available on the website, so individuals can find out what is happening in their local area.

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Issued by National Apprenticeship Service 28 March 2014