Unite the Union Attacks Dead End Construction Courses

An investigation by Unite the Union has discovered that the number of classroom-based construction courses increased by 14% last year to 192,500, totally dwarfing the number of Apprentices beginning their training, 21,460.

Following this report, Unite has described these courses as ‘dead end’ because the courses only offer a technical qualification, meaning that the candidates do not have access to on-site training and therefore are unable to achieve an NVQ, which is the only qualification recognised in construction to acquire a CSCS card.

Gail Cartmail, General Secretary of Unite the Union, said:

“For whatever reason, we find ourselves in the terrible situation of increasingly offering young people a classroom construction course but also in effect denying them the chance to acquire the qualifications needed to enter the industry in a skilled role.

What is urgently needed is a refocusing of resources to ensure that money is more effectively invested in boosting the number of genuine Apprenticeships, so that a far higher number of young people can acquire the skills and qualifications to enter the industry.”

The National Construction Academy offer a solution to this issue, by offering blended learning to all of our candidates. We ensure that our Apprentices develop both the technical and theoretical skills they need for a lifelong, successful career in the Construction Industry.

Thomas Marples, Head Of the National Construction Academy added:

“The comments from Unite highlight the exact reason NCA was founded, the training industry must change to support the construction industry in the right way. This is why we only deliver programs that offer people real opportunities to develop and grow in a career in construction by gaining real life experience onsite. Our Apprenticeships and Traineeships have the achievement of the CSCS card and the NVQ it requires at the heart of the course because we appreciate how critical it is for the future of that young person”

We offer opportunities to young people on a daily basis to start their career in Construction and for employers to recruit a talented workforce, with enthusiasm to learn and the initial skills required to be an asset on site.