THE construction industry in Yorkshire is reluctant to take on apprentices, figures show.
CITB-ConstructionSkills, the organisation that released the figures, is calling on employers across the county to recognise construction apprentices as a "vital resource".
Natalie Gaines, of the group, said: "Many firms may think that taking on an apprentice is costly or time consuming, or that drop-out rates are high, but there's a wide range of financial support and advice available for companies who take the plunge, and the apprentices we place have some of the best training completion rates in the industry."
In 2005, some 3,725 young people in Yorkshire and the Humber applied to CITB ConstructionSkills hoping to gain a start in industry.
Of these, 1,954 passed the organisation's selection test for apprenticeship but only 777 ended up with an apprenticeship place.
The organisation places around 9,500 apprentices throughout the UK each year through its apprenticeship division.
It offers ongoing support and grants to help fund training.