The future of the construction industry in Wales has been given a boost by the Construction Industry Training Board’s multi-million-pound investment in four construction training and employment hubs.
The training organisation has worked in partnership with Kier, Cardiff Council, Procure Plus and Cyfle Building Skills to invest £3.6m in the hubs, covering more than half of the total cost of £6m. The onsite experience hubs are designed to provide training linked to work experience and jobs to ensure learners are site ready.
The partnership will help to unlock around 9,000 additional construction workers that Wales needs for the next few years. Further plans including lifting 300,000 homes out of fuel poverty by 2030.
More Welsh firms have remained operational through the pandemic than elsewhere in Britain, with increased orders and more training and apprenticeships opportunities.
CITB Wales’ partnerships director Mark Bodger said: ‘This investment is a boon for Welsh construction and will address the issue many employers have in struggling to find new staff who are ready to go straight onto the building site’.
Over the three years of the programme, hubs providing coverage in south east, south west and north Wales will deliver over 5,200 onsite experience placements, enabling over 2,000 people to become employment and site-ready before being linked directly to local employers with construction job vacancies. The hubs are targeting at least 875 people to enter into sustained employment. People who do not immediately secure employment through their hub will continue to receive support and signposting and will have gained the skills needed to pursue a career in construction and increase their employability.
These four hubs are part of CITB’s £10.1m investment to establish hubs in England and Wales to enable at least 11,000 people to become employment and site-ready by 2024 and start their career in construction.
Recent investment from the Welsh government includes the £2.3bn 21st century schools and colleges programme to upgrade learning infrastructure nationwide. Further investment includes a £35m package to deliver 400 homes, many of them zero-carbon builds, and all built by local suppliers.