An agreement has been signed that will see the creation of a ground-breaking £6.5M Construction Wales Innovation Centre in Swansea.
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and a consortium led by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David are responsible for the project that will help train 1,100 people a year.
The state-of-art facilities will provide first-class training for individuals and construction companies and he headquartered at the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter. The Centre will also have sites at colleges across Wales, including Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion and Coleg Cambria in North Wales and Coleg y Cymoedd in South East Wales.
The Construction Wales Innovation Centre will be able to test new concepts in construction training and offer applied research, training and consultancy through one partnership – a first for Britain.
A “rapid construction zone” will be also available to test structural performance.
Gerald Naylor, Project Director at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, said: “We are looking forward to working with the CITB to develop a new model for delivering skills to the construction sector in Wales and beyond.
“Working with our FE College partners across Wales we will develop a ‘Hub and Spoke’ framework that will enable companies to access training through a central point.”
Work on the Construction Wales Innovation Centre is scheduled to commence towards the end of this year and be ready for action in September 2018.
Mark Bodger, Strategic Partnership Director for CITB Cymru Wales, said: “This landmark partnership will ensure we have the right skills in place meet our industry’s current and future needs.
“This exciting new centre will be a major step forward for the construction industry in Wales and help it become a leader in digital and modern construction and the repair of traditional buildings and heritage sites.”