University of Wales Trinity Saint David has announced two new Higher Apprenticeship programmes in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying.
With over 12,000 new construction roles forecast to be created in the nation over next five years, two new Higher Apprenticeships have been developed to meet this demand. The University is working directly with industry partners and in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to deliver these programmes at the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering from next month.
The construction industry has been fundamental in the creation of the new Higher Apprenticeships.
Gerald Naylor, Director of CWIC said, “An industry task-group was established with representatives from construction firms across Wales. Their input was instrumental in the delivery of the new courses, resulting in training that is designed for industry by industry. CWIC was delighted to help co-ordinate this work and we will continue to develop projects that benefit the construction sector in Wales.”
The Welsh Government has been keen to see the continued and increased involvement of professional bodies in the promotion of Higher Apprenticeships.
UWTSD’s Lindsay Richards, Head of School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments said, “This is such an exciting time for the School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments. As a university and a provider of construction education we are in a unique position, in that our partnership with CWIC allows us the opportunity to discuss with both employers and professional institutions the requirements and current shortages within industry ‘first hand’.
Mark Bodger, Partnership Director CITB Cymru Wales, said, “The construction sector in Wales has very much championed the creation of these new Higher Apprenticeships. The industry’s continued involvement has provided the momentum to see the concept developed to an approved course in a little over 12 months.
“A wide collaboration working together with CWIC and CITB have produced a Higher Apprenticeship that will appeal to small and large contractors. It is another demonstration of the variety of routes into construction as a career and has the potential to be a life changing opportunity for many young people who will hopefully go on to become the future leaders of this industry.”
Gareth John, Chair of CIOB in Wales Cardiff Hub added, “We believe that the skills shortages we face as an industry can best be addressed through collaborative working by the key construction industry stakeholders here in Wales. Through a collaborative approach with UWTSD, CITB, CWIC and employers, we have been able to identify both the current skills needed, and also the future skills needed for this fast moving and ever-changing industry.”