WORK HAS commenced on South Wales’ only comprehensive scaffolding training facility. Led by the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) in partnership with Construction Industry Training Board Wales (CITB), the new centre will be located at a purpose developed facility on Fabian Way in Swansea Bay.
The new facility means that students based in Wales wishing to gain extensive scaffolding training will no longer have to travel to England or beyond to acquire a full set of skills.
The Building is currently undergoing approximately a £1.5million refurbishment to create an Access Hall of 2,000 m2 including classroom and IT facilities. 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.
The existing building is currently being refurbished to CISRS requirements and has an internal floor area of around 2,000 square meters comprising nine training bays and three dedicated classrooms, one with IT facilities.
In addition, CWIC is seeking 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.
Mark Bodger, CITB Wales Strategic Partnership Director said: “The new scaffolding facility is a great example of how CITB’s investment in CWIC is making a difference to learners and employers. For too long our students have had to travel beyond Wales to find comprehensive scaffolding training.
“CWIC and CITB have listened to industry and invested in these critical skills needs. The new facility will increase the number of scaffolding learners in Wales and provide a platform of opportunity from which students can launch fulfilling, rewarding construction careers.”
Information about courses and programmes are available at www.cwic.wales.