South West Wales On Site Hub
Onsite Hub for the Construction Industry
Cyfle Building Skills, on behalf of the Region, launched an innovative new programme in 2021 that offers 1,600 fully funded onsite work placements within the construction industry over the next four years.
Funded by the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Onsite Experience Commission, the programme is designed to help tackle the skills gap within the construction industry and will allow Cyfle to develop the first construction Training Hub in South West Wales. Programme delivery will take place across the five Local Authority areas within the Region, which includes Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.
The programme started March 2021, and offers Construction Opportunities to 1,600 individuals over the four-year funding period. This includes Onsite experience placements and associated training, and reskilling opportunities. A mentoring programme has also been designed to help individuals take the next step into a career in construction, ensuring they benefit from the Onsite Experience, which will also support the programme.
The programme is open to individuals of any age who are considering a career in construction either as a first job or by retraining from a different profession. It will look to promote social mobility and provide opportunities to those under-represented within the industry, as well as those not currently in education, employment or training (NEET).
The South West Wales Onsite Hub involves an extensive partnership, which includes The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Regional Training Groups, Local Colleges, Construction Contractors and Local Authority Schemes. Onsite opportunities within the Hub will be linked to construction projects through Regional Housing Associations, Local Authority Frameworks, South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework.
Anthony Rees Cyfle’s Regional Manager quoted – “Over the next four years, 1,600 individuals will be given the opportunity to have a real-life taster of what they can expect from the construction industry and whether they should consider the industry as a longer-term career choice. We would now encourage companies interested in participating in the scheme to contact us.
Aims and Long-term Outcomes
- Offer improved opportunities for sector specific on-site work experience
- Improve the work readiness of potential construction recruits
- Improve social mobility in local areas
- Reduced construction skills shortage
- Strategic approach to local skill shortage
- Hub model perceived as a highly efficient way of recruiting quality employees
- Improved employment and site-ready beneficiaries
- Gained sustained employment
- Increased pool of employment and site-ready candidates for available jobs
- Increased pool of job-ready candidates for available jobs
- Increased access to training opportunity
- Increased recruitment from local area