For many years, industry experts have been raising valid concerns about the lack of skilled youthful representation in the construction and housing sector. Research has shown that the average age of a construction worker is 40 years which means the industry is predominately filled with an aging population.

Many people fear for the industry as the perception shows that many of the young artisans working in the industry do not have the skills needed to adequately carry out their functions, many even fear that once the older generation are gone, the decline in the sector will be so rapid and drastic that it will take years to revive it.

This is because these said opportunities are regularly thrown in their faces, sometimes subtly advertised in every corner, some even over glamorized, thus the industry loses its future. The construction Industry is one of the few industries that has many important employment opportunities, all of which are responsible for a collective goal. There is a need to re-sensitize the public, especially the youths, secondary school students, undergraduates, vocational and training institutions, a need to keep showing and signifying the benefits available in the sector. One of the key ways we can do this is through

APPRENTICESHIP.

Apprenticeship is a kind of job training that involves following and studying a master of the trade on the job instead of a school setting. There is so little we can learn in the classes especially in this modern-day and time of technological advancements and changes in methodological applications. Presently, many graduates are at a disadvantage because most fields do not allow for Industrial Training and Apprenticeship programs which will be beneficial in their preparation and learning of the job market. Many (including practicing artisans) are yet to see the need for Apprenticeship, so today we will be highlighting 5 Key Benefits derived from Apprenticeship programs.

  • Apprentices are highly employable – Apprentices learn the skills that employers want, through hands on experiences, they get to understand the job market, learn and adapt to new technologies and methodologies, forecast trends and access clients needs, which will be a key advantage in the market.
  • Become more confident – In line with the notion of Practice makes perfect, apprenticeship gives an apprentice the opportunity to constantly practice and learn on the job. This allows for mistakes (which are bound to happen) to be effectively corrected by senior colleagues and trainer. This (when done properly) overtime builds confidence and independence, the artisan is self-assured when carrying out his/her operations on site.
  • Gain real work experience – The job market is in many ways different from what we were taught in school/universities. Skills and how they are applied have changed, technology are now more advanced and the techniques needed to operate them are not primarily taught in schools. As an apprentice, you get first-hand experience, learning about the market, trends, applications of new techniques, clients and employment needs etc. This will help in easing their way into the market.
  • Receive recognized and accredited qualification – Apprenticeship is a great way of gaining an accredited qualification, each level of apprenticeship lasts for a minimum of one year and once completed, these qualifications can be showcased to potential employers, serving as an added advantage for you.
  • Learn while you earn – perhaps one of the most important and visualized points of apprenticeships. An apprentice is an employee in a real job for a real employer. One of the great things about being an apprentice is that you get paid to learn. It can also play a significant role in the reduction of unemployment rates in the country, as many employers who take in apprentices, tend to retain them even after their one-year training programs.

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