Construction Training Academy Opens In South Wales

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Construction Training Academy Opens In South Wales

Construction Training Academy Opens In South Wales

The Construction Hub Academy, an Oakdale, Caerphilly-based training centre, is set to provide a range of industry-accredited qualifications and short courses within the demolition and groundworks sector

The Construction Index reports that the academy has been created in response to an increased demand for groundworks personnel with the growth and expansion of new construction developments and projects. Courses will be made available to individuals as well as to construction businesses who would like to upskill their workforce.

The facility, a collaboration between industry partners and Coleg y Cymoedd (College of the Valleys), will train individuals preparing for their first roles within the construction sector, and those already working and who want to develop their skills further with specialist qualifications.

The academy and the courses offered will also be open to those looking to retrain and switch careers from other industry sectors and into construction, as the academy believes the raining offered could be key for anyone who might have suffered job losses due to the pandemic.

Matt Tucker, assistant principal of business services at Coleg y Cymoedd, said: “Employment opportunities in the construction sector are continuing to rise and we are pleased to be partnering up with the new Construction Hub Academy to facilitate training in this growing area.

“We welcome anyone who is thinking about a career in construction, whether they’ve just left school or are thinking of a career switch, to get in touch.”

Students at the academy will be able to work towards a range of industry-accredited qualifications and licenses, including training on how to operate excavators, dump trucks, forklifts, and other plant machinery associated with building groundworks.

Other available courses include cable avoidance training and various health and safety certificates. The centre will also offer bespoke training packages tailored to companies’ requirements.

Chris Rosser, director of business development at the Construction Hub Academy said: “Despite growing demand for labour in the groundworks sector, there was a real gap in the market for quality training within this field of construction in Wales. This was something we wanted to address with the creation of our bespoke training academy.”

He added that the qualifications on offer at the academy will be beneficial to a wide range of people, and will help them get the skills and qualifications they need to get a foot in the for of the construction sector while enabling existing professionals to advance their careers in the sector with new skills.

The new facility has already created five jobs for training instructors, while a further four jobs will be created in the coming months as the centre looks to fill additional training coordinator and business development roles.

Students will be able to study at the Construction Hub Academy’s facilities in Oakdale or at Coleg y Cymoedd, where instructors from the academy will deliver training on behalf of the college. Alternatively, construction businesses also have the option for training to be delivered on their own sites if they prefer, with instructors able to travel across South Wales.

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