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FMB set to help construction apprentices

Published: Thursday, 06 December 2007   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

The government and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) have joined together to set up a task force to organise apprenticeships in the construction industry.

Currently there are 10,000 young people, many of which are graduates, who can not find a contractor to take them on and finish their training.

Skills minister David Lammy said: "Over £1 billion in government funding has been ring-fenced to increase overall places across all sectors from 250,000 today to more than 400,000 by 2020. I call on employers in the construction industry to work with us to ensure that an apprenticeship place is available for everyone who needs one."

20 per cent of FMB members recruit trainees currently and ten per cent across the construction sector do but FMB president Geoff Lister says he would like to "dramatically increase both these figures".

The FMB was established over 60 years ago to protect the interests of building firms across the UK.

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