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UCM struggling to meet demand for construction apprenticeships

Praise for local painter named 'Apprentice Mentor of the Year'

Efforts are underway to try and encourage more people to provide apprenticeships within the construction sector.

Construction Isle of Man says there currently isn’t enough despite high demand for placements.

It’s praised University College Isle of Man for the work it's doing to provide opportunities.

But chair Brian Butler says the industry also needs to help:

The comments come after a painter and decorator from the Island picked up a prestigious national award at a ceremony in Coventry.

Pete Clark has been named Apprentice Mentor of the Year at the Dulux Decorators Awards - beating off competition from throughout the UK.

He’s been running his business since 2006 and took his three, female, apprentices with him to the ceremony.

Pete told Manx Radio he's passionate about helping young people into the trade:

University College Isle of Man has told Manx Radio it’s struggling to meet the demand for construction apprenticeships.

In some disciplines there are more people wanting to undertake the courses than placements available.

It’s also noted an increase in the number of wannabe female apprentices.

Vice-principal Jo Richardson is encouraging more companies in the trade to consider offering opportunities to the tradespeople of the future:

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