Trades Fear Construction Apprenticeships "Mess" Amid Skills Shortage

Trades warn about skills shortage
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Declining construction apprenticeships combined with the departure of EU workers means the industry is facing a skills shortage, and as it becomes harder for some people to find a builder, tradespeople warn the government must intervene to ensure the situation doesn’t worsen. 

In his new podcast Build It*, Andy Stevens, builder and consultant with Eclipse Property Consultants and contributor to Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, addresses the ongoing skills shortage and warns that not enough young tradespeople are progressing into the industry.

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.