Master Plumbers welcomes the release of the Government's Construction Skills Action Plan, which sets out six initial priority areas to address skills shortages in the construction industry.
These include the Mana in Mahi—Strength in Work subsidised apprenticeship scheme for unemployed young people between the ages of 18 and 24. "We would like to see this scheme extended to jobseekers of all ages," says Master Plumbers CEO Greg Wallace. "Growing numbers of apprentices in the Master Plumbers-owned Masterlink group training scheme are tertiary qualified and start their training long after leaving school. Some employers also prefer older candidates."
He says about a fifth of plumbing businesses currently take on apprentices, and incentives are needed to increase this figure. "The shortage is only going to get worse and I think we should be pulling some levers now."
Other key initiatives include:
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