With the fast pace of technological developments, to remain competitive the industry and its employees need to keep up to date with any new developments. This seems to be well-understood by signatories as the number of formal training days per employee reported by signatories increased in 2019 by 1.1%, from 7.1 to 7.2 days. This is in addition to informal training such as e-training, ‘gate to great’ coaching, daily coaching, toolbox talks and shadowing, which is not officially measured. Signatories also reported their staff achieving 459 nationally recognised qualifications.
In 2019, 468 new apprentices were taken on which represents a 14.4% drop on 2018, In addition, 186 apprentices/trainees moved into permanent employment within their organisations.