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Wales set for centre to offer world-class construction training

Published: Tuesday, 26 April 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A Wales-wide agreement worth £6.5 million has been struck to offer world-class construction training in state-of-the-art facilities to students and companies.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) will link up to offer facilities and training for 1,100 people per year, by establishing the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC).

The headquarters is expected to be situated at UWTSD’s Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter, although the CWIC will have sites at colleges across Wales, including Coleg Sir Gar, Coleg Ceredigion and Coleg Cambria.

The construction of the centre is expected to begin towards the end of 2016, with a target to open in September 2018.

Right skills

The partnership has been put in place to ensure there are the right skills to meet the current and future industry needs.

Building the centre is a step forward for the construction industry in Wales, and could help it become a leader in modern and digital construction, alongside the repair of heritage sites and traditional buildings.

Working with the CITB should also allow for the development of a new process for delivering skills to the construction sector in Wales and beyond – companies will be able to access training through the various different college’s that are a part of the agreement.

New concepts

The collaboration between the CITB and UWTSD will give companies the expertise and facilities needed to test and develop new concepts in construction training.

As a result it will mean the CWIC will deliver an integrated career pathway between trade, craft and professional construction occupations across Wales, as well as being the first in Britain to provide applied research, training and consultancy within one partnership.

Students will be given the opportunity to utilise state-of-the-art facilities, including a rapid construction zone which will allow them to start innovative systems for bespoke tests such as structural performance.

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