Recruitment of Scottish construction apprentices has reached a five year high, up 32% from 1,422 apprentices in 2011 to 1,876 in 2015, new figures from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) reveal.

With the positive statistics released ahead ofScottish Apprenticeship Week 2016 (29 Feb - 4 March), employers are being encouraged to consider taking on an apprentice for the first time, or to add to their current pool, to help this upward trend continue.

CITB grant funding up to £10,250 is available to employers for every apprentice they employ. And with CITB research released last month predicting that over 21,000 new workers are needed in the next five years, there is no better time to encourage young people to join the industry.

Employers and anyone considering a career in construction can get all the information they need via the construction industry’s new website, Go Construct.

Ian Hughes, Strategic Partnerships Director for CITB Scotland, said: “Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the perfect platform to shine a spotlight on the value of apprenticeships to construction employers, and highlight the excellent career opportunities available.

“The industry needs thousands of new people to build Scotland’s houses, roads and schools. We want more employers to give apprentices the opportunity to be a part of building Scotland’s future, and add real value to their businesses.

“The construction industry’s new website, Go Construct, is a fantastic resource for employers and apprentices to find out about the support available, and the wealth of careers on offer.”