The number of new apprentices entering construction must more than double by 2020Irish Times or the State will need foreign competitors to satisfy market demand, the industry has said.

Dermot Carey, the Construction Industry Federation’s director of safety and training, made the remarks during an appearance before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills on Tuesday.

He said construction employment could rise to 213,000 by 2020, and that the number of applications for apprenticeships must rise from 1,700 to 4,000 by then in order to deliver housing and infrastructure requirements.

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