Construction apprenticeship start ups have risen 25 per cent in the past two years to hit a 13-year high with almost 25,000 people signing up to a training course, new figures reveal.

According to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the number of starts has substantially increased in 2015/16 – from 19,973 in 2014 to 24,899 in 2016 – to reach the highest figure since the present way of recording apprenticeships began in 2003.

In the same year, CITB funded over 8,400 employers to support 24,600 apprenticeships across Great Britain with £57 million in training grants.

One of the reasons behind the improved figures is the success of Shared Apprenticeship Schemes, says the CITB, which has enabled SME employers to recruit over 500 apprentices in the past year.

Sarah Beale, CITB chief executive, said: “These figures show that more employers than ever before are taking on apprentices.

“These record numbers are made possible by increased awareness of the opportunities available, including through the industry-led Go Construct website.

“We are also working to improve the quality of apprenticeships, with CITB supporting construction employers to develop 31 new Apprenticeship Standards to meet the changing needs of our industry.

“I would encourage all employers to consider taking on an apprentice – it’s good for the sector and great for growing their businesses. And CITB is ready to provide them with the funding and support to make new apprenticeships possible.”

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