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Craft training

There are three factors which have caused this re-examination of the Apprenticeship system, with a capital ‘A’:

(i) A desire for retraining people who may wish to leave one industry and enter another

(ii) A growing shortage of school leavers available and wanting to join construction trades throughout the 1980s, due to a falling birth rate 16 or so years earlier

(iii) A general feeling that just because you ‘missed the boat’ for vocational training when leaving school, you should not be denied the chance of learning a vocational occupation at any time in later life.