An overwhelming majority of tradespeople (92%) say more should be done to encourage young people to take up a trade, according to a new survey.

At the same time, only 12% of employers say they know how to gain support to take on a new apprentice, with assistance and advice for hiring (39%) and training (31%) apprentices cited as the biggest barriers.

The survey, conducted on behalf of Screwfix, also found most would recommend anyone to take up a trade, with 86% saying it was for pride in a job well done, followed by being your own boss (72%) and customer satisfaction (64%).

Marketing director Jack Wallace said: “We know that there is a shortage of apprentices coming into the trade and our latest research continues to indicate that much more needs to be done to ensure that the trade attracts future talent.

“The research also shows the rewarding career opportunities on offer to those working in the construction trades, with an overwhelming majority recommending it as a career.”

The new findings coincide with Screwfix’s annual Trade Apprentice competition, which aims to shine a light on the talent coming into construction across the UK and Ireland and show the need for more apprentices. 

The competition, is now in its 9th year, will see the champion receive the coveted title together with a career-boosting trade bundle worth £10,000, including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training bundle and £2,000 worth of technology.

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