A new survey from Screwfix has revealed that just 5% of respondents currently employ an apprentice, despite 66% turning down work because they are too busy.

The survey, which polled 451 tradespeople from a range of industries, found that the top reasons for not employing an apprentice were due to cost (33%), too much red tape (24%), and concerns about finding the right person to work with the team (17%).

John Mewett, CEO of Screwfix, said: “These results show there is much more to do to help tradespeople overcome perceived challenges to hiring an apprentice. We know from our customers, that having an apprentice on site can be a real opportunity and support business growth.

“It allows tradespeople to take on more work while investing in the future generation, who will hopefully go on to become long-term employees. What’s more, apprentices can earn while they learn and avoid costs associated with university, it’s a great way to start a fulfilling career. Without opportunities for apprentices, we will face a potential skills gap in the UK.”