Our diminishing take up rate of trade apprenticeships and pending future skill shortages has been a hot topic in media reports of late. However, this in fact has been an issue for well over a decade.

There are two glaring circumstances leading to this problem. The first of these is the mandatory Builders Warranty Insurance (BWI), whereby builders are assessed on an annual basis, only giving them tenure in their industry of 12 short months. This flies in the face of a four-year commitment required to…