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Construction apprenticeships to grow by 7,000 in the next three years

More than 7,000 new apprenticeships will be created in the construction sector over the next three years, the government announced today.

The roles are part of a larger package to commit £1bn to rescue and rebuild at least 10,000 apprenticeships across different sectors in the midst of the economic downturn, said skills secretary John Denham.

He said that government-funded building projects must be used to encourage construction firms to employ more apprentices. The plan is boosted by the recent decision to bring forward capital spending to help the economy recover from the downturn.

This year, government departments and their agencies will spend more than £7bn on construction projects including schools, colleges, hospitals and roads.

"This shows that we are well on the way to making apprenticeships a mainstream option for young people who want to get on," said Denham. "We anticipate that one in five of all young people will be undertaking an apprenticeship by the end of the next decade."

The government has previously announced that unnecessary bureaucracy such as demands to store paperwork for up to six years, multiple inspection visits and monthly reporting requirements will be ditched at the earliest possible opportunity.

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