Training body confirms it is still providing support for stranded apprentices despite mass redundancies

Carillion apprentices

The Construction Industry Training Board has vowed to continue providing support to apprentices left in the lurch by the collapse of Carillion despite the news 341 construction trainees have been axed in the past seven days.

The Official Receiver yesterday confirmed that 341 of 356 Carillion staffers being given their P45s were construction apprentices.

Sarah Beale, chief executive CITB, said: “Our helpline remains open and we continue to offer grant incentives to employers able to take on former Carillion apprentices looking for employment in our industry. 

“The liquidation of Carillion had a huge impact on our sector, over the last six months the construction industry has relentlessly rallied to support the 1,148 apprentices in England and 127 apprentices in Scotland affected.”

She said to date the CITB had successfully placed 777 former Carillion apprentices into paid employment in England. But Beale said a number had left the industry following its implosion in January.

Yesterday’s 356 job losses were the largest in a single week since the start of February, when 377 staff were made redundant.