A LEAD contractor has been chosen to build a £1.5m scaffolding training facility near Swansea.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has chosen Welsh construction company TRJ for the project.
Led by the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) in partnership with Construction Industry Training Board Wales (CITB), the new centre will be in a purpose developed facility on Fabian Way in Swansea Bay.
Once built, students based in Wales and beyond wishing to gain extensive scaffolding training will no longer have to travel to England to acquire a full set of skills.
Gerald Naylor, director of CWIC, based at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s IQ building in SA1 Swansea Waterfront said, “CWIC is pleased to be working with TRJ Ltd in delivering Wales’ first scaffolding facility that will offer the full range of training solutions desperately needed in Wales. TRJ has a long history of supporting quality training and CWIC is especially pleased they are carrying out the conversion works at the Swansea-based venue.”
The building is currently undergoing a £1.5 million refurbishment to create an Access Hall of 2,000m2 including classroom and IT facilities.
Expanding Access to Training
The Access Hall will be the only Construction Industry Scaffolding Record Scheme (CISRS)-approved facility in South Wales delivering the full range of working at height training to new entrants, apprentices, up-skillers, supervisors and inspectors.
In addition, CWIC is looking to work with National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) members to provide further guidance and direction in meeting the training and development needs of the scaffolding industry in Wales.
Barry Liles, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at University of Wales Trinity Saint David said, “The development of this new facility will have a significant impact on up-skilling workers in the scaffolding industry.
“CWIC’s activities are already supporting employers in the construction industry across Wales. Our partnership with CITB is delivering world-class training and bespoke programmes for this hugely important sector to the Welsh economy.
“Access to such facilities and expertise through CWIC gives employers the confidence to develop their employees and to recruit new entrants into the industry.”