Kier Awarded National Skills Academy for Construction Status for SA1 project


The build of the new £300m University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) SA1 Swansea Waterfront development has been granted National Skills Academy for Construction status (NSAfC)

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The academy set up by construction firm Kier Construction and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) will give young people hands on experience, with training delivered on site. The academy will also provide training opportunities for the existing workforce on site.

The academy will put training and skills needs at the heart of the project, with apprenticeships and work experience taking place on site.

Two local UWTSD students already benefiting from the construction of the development are; Zoe Morgan and Rhys William , both of whom have been employed by Kier to work on the project.

Zoe, from Briton Ferry, who is studying for a BSc (Hons) in quantity surveying, has been offered an assistant quantity surveyor role and Rhys, who is in the final year of a BSc (Hons) in project and construction management, has been employed as a graduate design planner.

The SA1 development will be made up of purpose-build facilities for learning, teaching and applied research as well as social, leisure and recreation spaces. The site also features the new Construction Wales Innovation Centre. The centre is funded by CITB and a consortium led by UWTSD, and will offer specialised training and include a purpose built scaffolding centre.   The build of the centre will help support students of UWTSD in their studies. Students will be invited on site during the construction programme, linked directly to their curriculum to support their learning. All students will also have access to work placement opportunities 

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As part of the academy status, kier will engage with local primary and secondary students, to take part in construction activities including the development of a community garden at SA1. 

Jason Taylor operations director for Kier Construction commented “I am extremely proud that we have been awarded the CITB skills academy for construction status. This further builds upon the strong relationship of collaborative working that has been created with UWTSD. In partnership with UWTSD and the CITB we will collectively provide a strong platform for education, training and work experience. To enhance the delivery of education we have created a classroom environment on site at the SA1 development.   We have already seen Zoe, Rhys and Neil James benefit from this collaboration and this is just the starting point, I look forward to seeing many more people progress their skills and careers within the industry” 

Mark Bodger, Strategic Partnerships Director from CITB, Cymru Wales, said: 

“We are proud to be working with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Kier on both the academy and the development of the new Construction Wales Innovation Centre. It’s fantastic to see the centre being utilised as a training platform in the construction process.

“The whole ethos of the SA1 development is to provide a state of the art learning environment and I’m delighted this is something reflected in the construction of the project.”

SA1 Project Director Ray Selby said: “The engagement with Kier is much more than a construction contract and they have exceeded all expectations so far. They actually deliver on their commitment to make an impact and a difference to local communities and this latest success with the CITB will only enhance their capabilities in this regard. It has been a genuine pleasure working with them to date and I look forward to developing our partnership.”

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