In brief

22nd May 2009 at 01:00

Apprenticeships taken

Almost all of the apprenticeships in a scheme to create public sector training opportunities have gone to existing government workers. Official figures show that just 30 of the 1,395 people on the National Apprenticeship Pathfinder scheme were new employees.

David Willetts, the shadow skills secretary, said: "Ministers relabelling workplace training as apprenticeships in order to meet targets helps no one."

Sion Simon, the FE minister, said the scheme had always been intended to increase training rather than create jobs.

Skills in short supply

Three out of four construction professionals believe the industry is still short of skills despite the impact of the recession, the Chartered Institute of Building's third annual skills survey found.

Respondents, mostly managers, thought the deficiency was caused by a failure to attract and employ graduates and apprentices. Three-quarters thought it should be mandatory to employ apprentices on all public building projects.


Football honour

John McDermott, the coach at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education's Football Development Centre, has been given the Professional Footballers' Association's merit award for his services to football. The former Grimsby Town defender who made a record 753 appearances for the Mariners, joins an elite group - including Pele and George Best - to have received the award, described as a knighthood of the football world.

Training cuts planned

More than half of hospitality and leisure industry companies plan to cut back on training, despite reporting a skills shortage. People 1st, the industry's sector skills council, said almost a fifth of its vacancies are judged hard to fill because of a shortage of skilled workers, with half of restaurants finding it hard to recruit chefs.

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