Now this is a puzzle to me. Why do people, particularly company owners, think that skill training is a government responsibility. Traditionally trade and highly skilled apprentice training was, quite rightly IMHO, the responsibility of the companies themselves. I served my apprenticeship when there was no assumption of government responsibility for training.
Companies deliberately discontinued serious training in the 70's to save costs, and in the mistaken belief that there were sufficient numbers of trained people available to satisfy their selfish needs. Then the construction industry effectively sacked everybody and re-employed them as sub-contractors with the same mistaken belief.
Result of all that 40 years later? Surprise, surprise due to mortality, retirement etc a complete lack of skilled people. Industrialists are expressing surprise and concern, yet they have caused the problem, so perhaps they should be told in no uncertain terms that if they want longevity for their businesses, then they should invest in training young people. They had better be quick because the skills clock is well and truly ticking.
Ooooops sorry. Rant over.