7 March 2017

Swansea will be home to a state of the art £6.5 million construction centre

Swansea will be home to a £6.5 million leading edge and contemporary construction centre from autumn 2018. The development will provide a mixture of training courses and services for those who want to develop a career in construction.

Swansea will be home to a £6.5 million leading edge and contemporary construction centre from autumn 2018. The development will provide a mixture of training courses and services for those who want to develop a career in construction.

The Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) will deliver applied research, training and consultancy services for aspiring workers.

The new project comes at a time when the Welsh construction industry is expected to grow at nearly four times faster than the UK average. According to CITB, over 27,000 jobs are set to be created in the coming five years in Wales.

NFB member Knox & Wells which is based in Cardiff, has been involved in a number of projects and campaigns for many years that have focused on encouraging young people to join the construction industry, especially through apprenticeships.

Guy Leach, managing director of Knox & Wells Ltd and Wales chair of the National Federation of Builders said,

“Apprenticeships are an investment into the industry, not just in Knox & Wells. The new CWIC development will provide a huge platform for attracting students and young people into an exciting and innovative career. I hope that other companies are as forward looking, and I will continue to support more students into the construction industry.”

A number of infrastructure projects will be developed in Wales over the next five years, which will help with tackling the housing shortage, as well as providing jobs in and around the city. The Swansea development plays a vital role in delivering a vibrant economy and a quality environment for the future of construction. More invested training and apprenticeships are crucial for helping to grow and develop the industry.