UWTSD’s CWIC is supporting education programme to entice next generation into the construction industry


A new education programme in Wales is being launched by Kier, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and UWTSD’s Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC), to create effective links between local schools and the Kier supply chain.

The Educational Engagement Programme, which will be launched at a special event on June 4, will give schools, alternative curriculum providers and local employers from the industry, the opportunity to come together to better promote the diverse range of future career opportunities for young people.

The event will be held at Technium 2 in Swansea’s SA1, where Kier is currently working on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development. It will be an opportunity for schools, employers and key consortium partners to learn about the purpose of the programme and how it can add value to their priorities as a school or business.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and a consortium led by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, are working in partnership to deliver (CWIC) state-of-the-art facilities and training for individuals and construction companies, with CITB investing £6.5m. The centre will open in autumn 2018 and will see a minimum of 1100 students trained at the SA1 hub each year.

Situated in phase one of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s new £300m SA1 Swansea Waterfront development, the building is being constructed by Kier. It will cover 1,000 square metres of floor space, providing a ConstructZone, classrooms, dedicated IT suites and conference facilities. A dedicated scaffolding training facility will also be sited close by.

CWIC director Gerald Naylor said: “The Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) is pleased to be supporting this initiative and has worked closely with the CITB and Kier Construction in its development and now its implementation. CWIC and UWTSD are strong supporters of early engagement with young people and believe one of the best ways of doing this is though employers and educators working closely together.”

The new initiative builds on Kier’s Shaping Your World campaign, which is spearheading change and addressing the skills crisis facing the industry, while inspiring Generation Z (11-15 year olds) to consider a career in the built environment. 

Speakers at the event will include; Emma Banfield and Paul Evans from the Welsh Government initiative, Inspiring Skills Wales. They will present on their partnership with Kier and how they can add value to the programme through innovative toolkits and construction-based competitions available to schools.

Jason Taylor, Kier Construction Western and Wales, operations director, said: “This programme is absolutely pivotal for the construction industry to deliver the extensive pipeline of work in Wales. This initiative will offer a truly unique approach with the development of a construction education tool that will help breakdown perceptions and showcase the wealth of job opportunities available within the built environment.

“Our industry has so much to offer and I am looking forward to the roll-out and reception to this inspiring initiative.”

Partners of the new careers programme, including CWIC, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Careers Wales will attend the launch of the new three-year initiative funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Kier Construction has a substantial presence in Wales and currently employs more than 120 people at its regional hub in Cardiff.

Over the past three years, Kier has delivered over £250m of projects, offering in excess of 2,000 apprentice weeks and 2,000 hours of support back to the community.

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