A £1.4 million investment is set to transform the provision of construction courses for learners in the South Wales Valleys, with the creation of a brand-new construction centre of excellence at Coleg y Cymoedd’s Ystrad Mynach campus.
The million-pound facility is set to open its doors next autumn to meet the growing demands of the Welsh construction industry for state-of-the-art training facilities.
The project, which is equally joint funded by Coleg y Cymoedd and Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme, will include an extension to the current construction building as well as significant upgrades to the existing amenities and equipment. This includes the creation of a brand-new UKAS accredited gas training assessment facility which will deliver a wide range of specialist gas training courses.
Learners will also benefit from an expansion of the existing curriculum, which will include brickwork, plumbing, plastering and gas training, with further plans to expand into other areas of teaching such as painting and decorating.
Commercial industry focused activity, including short courses and upskilling to achieve sector standard qualifications, will also be offered at the centre to meet the educational requirements of learners and ensure they are equipped with the skills they need for their future careers.
Judith Evans, Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd, said: “We are thrilled to announce our exciting plans for the Construction Centre of Excellence at our Ystrad Mynach campus. Coleg y Cymoedd is committed to providing our learners with access to the latest industry standard technologies and focused training programmes.
“With its range of modern facilities, the new centre will provide a valuable resource for both learners and employers across South Wales, ensuring young people leave college highly skilled to meet the needs of industry. We look forward to unveiling the project next year.”
The project forms part of Coleg y Cymoedd’s overall investment strategy to modernise each of its four campuses in Ystrad Mynach, Nantgarw, Rhondda and Aberdare. Once completed, the redevelopment at Ystrad Mynach will bring the total amount invested across the campuses in recent years to an impressive £70 million, highlighting the college’s commitment to providing the highest standard of education.
Construction work on the extension will run alongside classes at the current centre, while upgrades to existing facilities will take place over the summer to minimise disruption to learners. The existing construction centre will remain open until the new provision is complete, while upgrading work to the current facility will take place over the summer, to help with a smooth transition and ensure minimal disruption to classes.
Construction work on the site is set to begin in March 2017, and is due to be completed in September 2017, subject to planning approval.