Higher Apprenticeships Launched to Meet Construction Growth in Wales

Kate Evans and Lindsay Richards

University of Wales Trinity Saint David has announced two new Higher Apprenticeship programmes in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying.

With Wales set to lead UK construction growth forecasting over 12,000 new construction roles in over the next five years, two new Higher Apprenticeships have been developed to meet demand.

The university is working directly with industry partners and in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), The Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to deliver these programmes at The Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering in Swansea from October 2018.

The construction industry has been fundamental in the creation of the new Higher Apprenticeships.

Gerald Naylor, Director of CWIC said: “The development of the two Higher Apprenticeships is a complete collaboration between industry and education partners.  An industry task-group was established with representatives from construction firms across Wales. Their input was instrumental in the delivery of the new courses, resulting in training that is designed for industry by industry. CWIC was delighted to help co-ordinate this work and we will continue to develop projects that benefit the construction sector in Wales.”

The Welsh Government has been keen to see the continued and increased involvement of professional bodies in the promotion of Higher Apprenticeships.

Mark Bodger, at CITB Cymru Wales, added, “This Higher Apprenticeship that will appeal to small and large contractors. It is another demonstration of the variety of routes into construction as a career and has the potential to be a life-changing opportunity for many young people who will hopefully go on to become the future leaders of this industry.”

 

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