Pay plumbers to train apprentices
The article rightly said that governments have not recognised the importance of apprenticeships. Modern Apprenticeships being introduced will not help the skills shortage in sectors such as plumbing that have many small employers who regard apprentices as a burden.
The Government needs to appreciate that an apprentice's employer is a training provider, who needs to be rewarded. Unless it does, it is unlikely to achieve its ambition for adequate apprenticeship places.
Finally, a small error in the article: the word "craftsmen" - "craftsperson" is more appropriate. This institute has more than 50 women members and some are registered plumbers.
Brian Whorlow Member, Board of trustees Institute of Plumbing 8 Manor Close Canterbury, Kent