19 February 2008

UK in need of thousands of trained electricians

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The UK is reportedly in need of thousands of trained electricians, as there is a genuine risk of the "death" of trade skills in Britain, it has been claimed. Training provider JTL claims that the electrical and plumbing industries in the UK could be in danger if new staff are not found.

Figures from Blueprint for UK Construction Skills claim that there is a need for over 17,000 qualified electricians to enter the industry in the country by 2011, while JTL currently releases 1,250 apprentices into the industry each year. This figure is equal to 80 per cent of the apprenticeship completions in the industry, suggesting that British immigration may be necessary to meet the shortfall.

Denis Hird, chief executive of JTL, said: "Between 2008 and 2011, the UK construction industry will continue the trend of growth it has enjoyed for the last decade. To deliver this growth the industry will need an average of 87,600 new workers to be recruited each year."

Last month, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering called for immediate action to resolve the engineering skills crisis in the UK. The group expressed its support for a parliamentary inquiry from the innovation, universities and skills select committee to focus on the provision of engineering skills in the UK.

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