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Get In programme by Checkatrade: getting young people into trade careers

We’re looking for young people aged 16 to 25 who want to take control of their own futures. There’s a huge skills shortage in the trades – we need tens of thousands more plumbers, electricians, joiners, and other tradespeople – and we’re looking to find bright, new apprentices to help plug the gap.

Checkatrade’s Get In programme helps connect you with a world of limitless possibilities in the trades. The future is bright, and we need your help to build it.

What is the Get In programme?

Get In is a new programme launched by Checkatrade to help encourage more young people into trades careers.

The 2023 UK Trade Skills Index revealed that the UK has a shortage of one million workers in the construction and trades sector – meaning that the industry will not be able to keep up with construction output over the next ten years.

Attracting more young people into the industry will be key for plugging the skills gap and keeping up with construction and trade demand.

Findings from Checkatrade also showed that employers are often unsure of how to approach recruiting an apprentice, and young people are often unaware of the opportunities available to them through a trade career.

This is where the Get In programme comes in.

We’re actively seeking CVs and applications from young people who are interested in getting into a trades career through an apprenticeship, but don’t know where to start.

Using our network of tradespeople, we’re matching young people to employers who are interested in taking on an apprentice to help bridge the skills gap. This gives young people a route into the trades industry and great career prospects, and allows employers to tap into new talent to keep the industry going.

Find out more about Checkatrade’s Get In programme.

Who can apply for the Get In programme by Checkatrade?

Anyone aged 16-25 can apply to Checkatrade’s Get In programme.

We’re also working with local schools and careers advisors to help engage 14-15 year olds in the opportunities available through an apprenticeship and trades career.

How can I apply?

Registering your interest for our Get In programme is easy.

Simply upload your CV to our jobs board for the chance to be matched with a suitable employer.

Employers looking for an apprentice can easily find you, and together, you’ll start your apprenticeship journey.

You’ll even be sent useful info and get the full lowdown on everything you need to know about trades apprenticeships.

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Why should I consider an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships can be a great way to gain relevant and useful qualifications at the same time as working, earning a wage, and developing skills that will benefit you throughout your career.

Research from Checkatrade revealed that the UK will need to fill 24,400 apprenticeships in the construction and trade industry each year in order to keep up with the demand for these skills. This means there’s a huge demand for apprentices in the trades sector and more opportunities for young people to get involved in this career route.

Over the next ten years, demand for the below tradespeople will increase, meaning more opportunities and better prospects.

The most in-demand trades roles over the next ten years:

  1. Electricians
  2. Carpenters
  3. Plumbers
  4. Painters
  5. Bricklayers
  6. Plasterers
  7. Roofers
  8. Glaziers
  9. Scaffolders
  10. Floorers
  11. Steel erectors

Traditionally, apprenticeships have primarily been seen as a way to start a career in the trades for school leavers and an alternative to continuing with further or higher education. But the current UK apprenticeship scheme offers qualifications up to degree level, with roles in a wide range of different industries and sectors, and are open to people of any age (16 years and above).

Finding the right path to your future career is a big decision, that takes a lot of research and thought – so we created a handy guide to help students weigh up the pros and cons of apprenticeships vs university.

Why should young people consider a career in the construction and trades industry?

A career in the construction and trades industry offers lots of opportunities for young people, and an apprenticeship is a great place to start.

Research from Checkatrade’s Get In programme showed that young people will be the key to unlocking the potential of the construction and trades industry, with 244,000 qualified apprentices needed by 2032 in order to keep up with construction demand.

The industry desperately needs new young talent to keep up with the momentum, so there are lots of opportunities for young people to make the most of future-proof careers.

Apprenticeships enable young people to get paid work experience at companies, learn skills on the job, and get their foot in the door at some of the UK’s best companies. Rather than spending several years qualifying for a role and then applying for a job, like the traditional university route, apprenticeships enable young people to start earning straight away and learn on the job to kick start their career faster.

An added benefit of apprenticeship’s is that there’s no student debt, because you don’t need a student loan to do an apprenticeship.

Can my local school get involved in the Get In programme?

We’re actively looking for partners to get involved in our Get In programme and are working with a number of schools to champion trades apprenticeships with young people.

If your local school or higher education establishment is interested in accessing free resources on trade careers from the Get In programme, or would like to find out more about how Get In can help young people in your area, we’d love to hear from you! You can get in touch with us here.

I’m an employer – how can I get involved in the Get In programme?

Our jobs board helps employers connect with bright young people and find the right candidates for their apprenticeship programme – check out our Jobs board here.

Get In also has a number of free resources available to help employers navigate the process of hiring an apprentice. From accessing government funding with our apprenticeship cost calculator, to understanding how apprentices can benefit your business, our apprenticeship guides and resources provide everything you need to understand the apprenticeship journey.

Who founded Get In? Meet Richard Harpin

The Get In programme was founded by HomeServe CEO and entrepreneur Richard Harpin, in partnership with Checkatrade.

Richard recognises the challenges faced by the UK economy when it comes to finding reliable, skilled tradespeople and is passionate about building a sustainable workforce for the future. Young people are key to helping the construction industry continue to grow and thrive and without action today, the skills gap will continue to grow, putting a hugely important sector at risk.

Since its launch in February 2023, the Get In programme has attracted the attention of a number of high-profile individuals and our list of supporters is rapidly growing. From TV personalities to TikTok influencers, check out the people who are supporting our programme here.

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