"Half of all apprentices in the crisis-hit building industry have been axed this year. More than 100 every week have been dumped as recession-ravaged firms laid off thousands. The youngest and lowest-paid workers have borne the brunt as construction projects were slashed. Those learning traditional trades such as carpentry, joinery and bricklaying have been among the first to go in the jobs cull. One in five training to be painters and decorators has been sacked.

... A total of 3,500 lost their apprenticeships out of 7,637.

... Of the 6,845 youngsters who applied for construction industry apprenticeships last year, only 1,880 were offered places."


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