The Apprentice

Do you know how far the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) centre has come to offer state-of-the-art facilities and world-class training for individuals and construction companies.

23rd June 2016

Do you know how far the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) centre has come to offer state-of-the-art facilities and world-class training for individuals and construction companies.

Gerald Naylor, Project Director, UWTSD and Anthony Rees, Regional Manager, Cyfle Building Skills gave an update on the Construction Wales Innovation Centre and the Cyfle shared apprenticeship scheme at a recent South West Wales Best Practice Club event.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and a consortium led by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, will establish the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) to offer state-of-the-art facilities and world-class training for individuals and construction companies. With its proposed headquarters at the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter, the CWIC will also have sites at colleges across Wales, including Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion, which are part of the UWTSD Group, and Coleg Cambria in North Wales and Coleg y Cymoedd in South East Wales. Construction is due to begin towards the end of 2016 with the CWIC's opening targeted for September 2018.

Cyfle Building Skills is a Multi Award Winner Regional Shared Apprenticeship Scheme, that currently employs over 140 apprentices. It is a Shared Apprenticeship Scheme that was launched by South West Wales Regional Shared Apprenticeship Ltd (SWWRSAL) and CITB in 2013 which is currently the largest Shared Apprenticeship Scheme in the UK. The aim is to provide a service which supports young adults into sustainable employment within the construction industry. This will help young people further their careers and their chances of gaining employment. They will have the opportunity to gain an NVQ level 2 & 3.