New Group Sets High Standards for Welsh Apprentices ​


A NEW PARTNERSHIP is striving to ensure high standards for young people looking to join the construction industry in Wales.

The Welsh Government Construction Apprenticeship Framework sees CITB lead a coalition, including representation from construction employers of all sizes. This is to ensure high standards are maintained.

The new group strives to ensure that apprentices can progress from their training into jobs in the industry. Whilst maintaining high standards for both training and the workforce.

Collaborative working

Gareth Williams, CITB’s Standards and Qualifications Policy Manager for Wales, said: “Construction has a key role to play with a plethora of ambitious projects scheduled. We’re keen to play our part in ensuring young people are trained and enthusiastic about entering the industry.

Gareth Williams, CITB Wales

“Covid has had a big impact on students, and employers often experience issues with students not having sufficient workplace skills. Our collaborative working will ensure that Welsh apprentices have the skills they need to succeed in this sector. To pursue a rewarding career in construction.”

While construction was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic along with all businesses, the hit the industry took was about a quarter of other sectors. With £5.2 billion of construction work completed in Wales last year, the industry is set to grow by 4.5% per year. Returning to pre-Covid levels by 2024.

The scope of companies involved ranges from Bouygues Construction UK,-which has 4,800 staff across the country, to Anwyl Homes Cheshire- which employs 236 workers.

Apprenticeship pathway

Leigh Hughes, Corporate Social Responsibility Director for Bouygues Construction UK, said: “We look forward to this new partnership to develop and deliver a structured ‘All Age’ apprenticeship pathway from foundation through to degree apprenticeships. This will attract and inspire a new generation of craft and technical construction workforce.”

Phil Dolan, Managing Director for Anwyl Homes Cheshire and North Wales, said: “The construction sector is still facing a skills shortage. It is only by working together to provide high quality apprenticeships and training programmes that we will overcome this and ensure the industry continues to grow and prosper.”

The group was founded last month, and met for the first time this week.

The main areas the group will be addressing are:

  • Foundation Qualification within apprenticeships
  • Entry requirements for construction apprenticeships
  • Essential skills within apprenticeships
  • To implement a new apprenticeship framework

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