Dr. Róisín Murphy, a Senior Lecturer at the School of Surveying and Construction Management in TU Dublin, was recently commissioned by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) to investigate why the numbers of apprentices entering the wet trades such as brick-laying are low.
In her report, Trades and Apprenticeship Survey 2020 – Focus on Wet Trades, Dr Murphy investigated the causes and implications of the low numbers entering wet trades (Bricklaying, Floor and wall-tiling, Painting and Decorating and Plastering). The objective was to fully understand whether the current apprentice model is appropriate for the sector or simply requires a new approach.
Dr. Róisín Murphy undertook a multi-stakeholder analysis to determine the causes and challenges facing wet trades and apprenticeship in Ireland. The resulting document has made six recommendations and addresses an Apprenticeship model review, Education and training, Government supports, Company engagement, Marketing and Awareness, and Registration/Recognition of skills.