When the recession hit, construction contracted by 16.5% in the space of three years.

The industry cut back on training, stopped offering apprenticeships and desperately tried to cling on through one of the worst economic downturns of recent times.

Then things started to improve. Suddenly there was plenty of work – but nobody to do it.

And this explains, in a nutshell, why recruiting and retaining apprentices is now so vital to our sector.

Read the full article from Jackie on the Total Contractor website.