Electrical Contracting News (ECN) May 2016 - Page 17

KEY ISSUE TRAIN OF THOUGHT Iain Macdonald of NET looks at the latest developments in the world of apprenticeships. O n the face of it, the future for apprenticeships in our industry and across the wider economy looks promising. Figures from BIS show that our industry trained a little over 5,700 apprentices in the 2014-15 academic year – around 1,100 more than in 2013-14 – and that number is part of a general upward trend in apprenticeship participation, which has soared to record levels over the last year. More and more young people, it seems, are interested in and are taking up the chance to become an apprentice, and more firms across our industry and across the UK appear to be in a position to offer apprenticeships. This increase in numbers can potentially be attributed to a number of factors. In