Delayed apprenticeships could prolong housing crisis

Some four-year apprenticeships are ‘at risk of taking six years to complete’ due to backlog at Solas training centres

Construction apprenticeships have been worst affected by the delays. Picture: Getty

Around 8,000 apprentices have had their state training courses delayed, in a move which could prolong the housing crisis.

The highest number of delays are among construction apprenticeships, with 3,600 apprentice electricians, 1,100 apprentice plumbers and around 800 carpenters all waiting for training courses.

The training backlog was generated during the pandemic when Solas, the state training agency, shut down its education and training centres to comply with public health restrictions.

But it has also ...