Apprenticeship programs for craftspeople were designed to attract and train people in order to meet labour shortages and age workforce being experience in the construction sector. This report was commissioned to explore the current knowledge relating to craftspeople apprenticeship training and suggest measures for improving its outcome. Interviews were conducted with relevant stakeholders involved in the training of craftspeople, such as, training providers, employers and apprentices. These interviews were transcribed and these transcripts were analysed using content analysis. Overall, the results indicate that apprenticeship for craftspeople has two main elements: theoretical and practical training. Lack of support for theoretical training, difficulty in evaluating the competence and lack of openings for on-the-job training are challenges facing the current apprenticeship training programs for craftspeople. The findings show that all stakeholders view apprenticeship training as important. However, there is a lack of understanding of certain components in the UK. For example, employers are not aware of the opportunity to claim back wages paid to apprentice during periods spent on theoretical training. Cost-effective measures for improving the outcomes of craftspeople apprenticeship training include (i) bridging the divide between theory and practical training; (ii) collaboration between trainers and employers; (iii) the use of competency-based assessment tasks; (iv) matching candidates with appropriate trade; and (v) engaging apprentice in the execution of various tasks.
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Jun 2019|