A ground-breaking Â£6.5m Wales-wide agreement which will create construction training for 1,100 people per year will be signed on Tuesday (April 12).
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and a consortium led by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, will establish the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) to offer state-of-the-art facilities and world-class training for individuals and construction companies.
With its proposed headquarters at the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter, the CWIC will also have sites at colleges across Wales, including Coleg Sir GÃ¢r and Coleg Ceredigion, which are part of the UWTSD Group, and Coleg Cambria in North Wales and Coleg y Cymoedd in South East Wales.
Construction is due to begin towards the end of 2016 with the CWICâ€™s opening targeted for September 2018.
Mark Bodger, Strategic Partnership Director for CITB Cymru Wales, said:
â€œThis landmark partnership will ensure we have the right skills in place meet our industryâ€™s current and future needs. This exciting new centre will be a major step forward for the construction industry in Wales and help it become a leader in digital and modern construction and the repair of traditional buildings and heritage sites.â€
Gerald Naylor, UWTSD Project Director, said: â€œWe are looking forward to working with the CITB to develop a new model for delivering skills to the construction sector in Wales and beyond. Working with our FE College partners across Wales we will develop a â€˜Hub and Spokeâ€™ framework that will enable companies to access training through a central point.â€
The â€œHubâ€ will be based at the Universityâ€™s Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter and the â€œSpokesâ€ will be located at the Wales-wide colleges listed above.
The CITB and UWTSD collaboration will offer companies the facilities and expertise to test new concepts in construction training. It will:
Donna Griffiths, Partnerships Manager at CITB, said: â€œThe CWIC will, for the first time, deliver an integrated career pathway between craft, trade and professional construction occupations across the whole of Wales.
â€œThe CWIC will respond to the skills challenges Wales faces and help train the next generation of workers in construction.â€
Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor, UWTSD added â€œThe vision for the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter is to create a neighbourhood where the University and its partners can work with industry to exploit opportunities that will not only benefit the region but will also deliver those benefits to the rest of Wales.Â This development is key to us achieving that visionâ€.
Watch Principal Judith Evans commenting on this exciting initiative at:Â https://youtu.be/sArz-BCkCeEÂ
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