UWTSD’s Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) is collaborating with South Wales-based Alpha Safety to deliver training at its new £1.5m Scaffolding Academy in Swansea and Cardiff.
Led by CWIC in partnership with Alpha Safety and the Construction Industry Training Board Wales (CITB), the new academy opens later this month. Alpha Safety has been one of the main construction training suppliers across Wales for many years.
The Scaffolding Academy is a purpose-built facility based on Fabian Way in Swansea Bay. Together with a satellite facility in Cardiff, the partnership will service the Welsh construction industry with a one-stop shop of access and rigging training.
The partnership will allow courses to be delivered locally so that students based in Wales and wishing to gain extensive scaffolding training will no longer have to travel to England or beyond to acquire a full set of skills.
Level 2 Scaffolding
The Academy’s first group of learners will start a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) – Scaffolding. An apprenticeship course in Wales has been long awaited by Welsh industry and this course is ideal for those looking to get an industry-recognised qualification in scaffolding, while also gaining vocational experience.
Gareth Evans, Centre Manager at the Scaffolding Academy said: “The new Scaffolding Academy provides access to leading facilities and expertise and it now gives Welsh employers the confidence to develop their employees and to recruit new entrants into the industry.”
He added: “CWIC is pleased to be working with the team at Alpha Safety and the development of this new facility will have a significant impact on up-skilling Welsh workers within the scaffolding sector.”
The building has had a £1.5million refurbishment, creating an Access Hall of 2,000 m2 including classroom and IT facilities to deliver the full range of working at height training to new entrants, apprentices, up-skillers, supervisors and inspectors. There are nine training bays and four dedicated classrooms, one with IT facilities.
Paul Jones MD of Alpha Safety said: “We’re delighted and honoured to have been chosen by UWTSD and CWIC to partner with them on this venture and it’s a tribute to the Alpha team that we’ve been recognised as being up to the challenge of developing the skills of people working in this important industry.”
To ensure that training meets the requirements of the scaffolding industry in Wales, CWIC has been consulting with the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) members, employers and CITB.
Mark Bodger, CITB Wales Partnership Director, said: “The new state of the art Scaffolding Academy will soon start training thousands of learners in their own country. We look forward to working with Alpha Safety, a holder of CITB Approved Training Organisation status, who bring considerable experience and expertise to these much-needed facilities.
“CWIC reaffirms CITB’s commitment to the construction industry in Wales and shows what can be achieved by working in collaboration with employers, education providers and Welsh Government.
CWIC construction training
The addition of the scaffolding training centre to the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) builds on the recent delivery of their immensely successful training courses and programmes which have spanned the past three years. During this period, it has delivered 408 activities across Wales, supporting 691 Welsh employers and upskilling over 3,500 construction industry staff.