New £2.1m North Wales Scaffolding Training Facility Opens

Simon Hughes from Simian Risk Management Ltd, and GLLM CEO Dafydd Evans, with scaffolding at the Anglesey Show in 2018

A NEW accredited training facility for scaffolders has opened at the Busnes@LlandrilloMenai Centre for Infrastructure, Skills and Technology (CIST) at Llangefni, Anglesey.

The new £2.1m facility allows the CIST Centre Llangefni to offer more industry accredited courses in North Wales.  Previously, those wanting Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) scaffolding training would have to travel to the north of England or West Midlands. Now construction students will be able to start their scaffolding training – along with many other construction courses – in North Wales for the first time, in March.

Dr Paul Bevan, Executive Director for Commercial Development, said: “The accreditation of the scaffolding centre at CIST is just the latest addition to an expanding portfolio of accredited training for the building and engineering industries.

“As well industry training in scaffolding, Busnes@LlandrilloMenai also has partnerships with ARC Academy Holdings Ltd, Delyn Safety, Leica Geosystems Ltd and others to deliver a comprehensive range of accredited courses that includes on-site safety, heavy plant training, site management and more.”

CITB funding

CITB and Busnes@LlandrilloMenai work closely together at the CIST Centre and to help meet skill shortages in the industry. CITB is currently funding many students completing scaffolding training at CIST to help meet those industry needs.

Steve Radley, Director of Strategy and Policy at CITB, said: “This investment will see a boost in construction in North Wales, and CITB will be supporting those who want to move into the industry so that it can meet the ambitious projects and the challenges ahead. With the amount of construction and development work in the pipeline, this centre will help to meet the increasing demand for skilled scaffolders.

Construction plans

The completion of new scaffolding centre follows the recent signing and publication of the North Wales Growth Deal. The deal includes plans for 14 transformational projects in the region that would create over 5,000 jobs, including the Glynllifon Rural Economy Hub, the Holyhead Gateway, developments at Trawsfynydd and Regional Land and Property Developments including Denbigh Hospital Site, Parc Bryn Cegin at Bangor and Bodelwyddan Strategic Site.

This new scaffolding training centre will allow the CIST Centre, along with partners Simian Risk Management Ltd and CITB, to support the development of local skills that will support the realisation of these large infrastructure projects.

The plans called for in the growth deal will see new opportunities for scaffolding companies in North Wales, and more skilled workers needed to meet that demand.

The first cohort of future scaffolders to study at CIST start on 1 March.

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