Published: November 12, 2021 | Updated: November 12, 2021

Big spike in apprenticeships with construction, carpentry and electric all surging in popularity

Bricklaying has seen a spike in apprenticeship sign-ups at Bournemouth & Poole College.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Bournemouth & Poole College has seen a large spike in apprenticeship enrolments with more young people between the ages of 16 and 18 opting for an alternative to A-Levels and university.

The College is reporting a 44 per cent increase in new apprentices from last year with 659 new apprenticeships offered in August and September, compared to 495 in 2020.

In particular, since the pandemic, certain trade sectors have enrolled more apprentices than ever seen before.

Construction, carpentry and electric – trades that were able to carry on mostly uninterrupted during the global crisis – have all surged in popularity.

The College has responded by expanding its provision as much as possible to accommodate the rise in interest.

David Massieu-King, pictured left, Account Manager for Construction Apprenticeships, said: “The industry has bounced back from the difficulty of last year, and the number of new apprentices that we have enrolled this term truly demonstrates this.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer over 210 placements within construction.

“We will work with these new apprentices and employers to ensure they have the correct training and meet the requirements of this ever-growing sector.”

Another trade that has seen a spike in apprenticeship sign-ups has been bricklaying.

Wimborne-based A&G Bricklaying has worked with Bournemouth & Poole College for a number of years and recruits three to four apprentices each year.

Pictured are A&G Bricklaying apprentices Samuel Lake, Liam Pound and Cameron Carpenter.

Mandy Hoare, Director of A&G Bricklaying, said: “We have always felt our apprentices have been taught the basics of their trade very well, with some progressing to level 3 with further great teaching.

“The support from The College when new systems have been introduced has also been fantastic, which we could not appreciate more.”

Engineering apprenticeships have almost doubled in 2021 since last year.

More than 450 people have interviewed for placements, of which 90 per cent are predicted to study in some capacity at Bournemouth & Poole College.

Compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019, apprenticeships in engineering have seen a big increase with around 200 new starts.

The College is still recruiting.

Additionally, it has launched Boat Building and Aerospace apprenticeships due to supply and demand from Covid-19, with a scope to develop the Aerospace course into a degree.

Marine apprenticeships are also attracting candidates from further afield such as Havant and Gosport.

Recruiting is still taking place for these roles.

Students enrolling on full-time courses or apprenticeships will speak to one person from The College’s Business, Apprenticeships, Skills and Employability (BASE) Team.

They will get to know and understand their individual needs, helping students get the most out of their education and have a successful career way beyond their studying years.