A new construction training facility has opened to provide industry professionals in South Wales with the opportunity to learn the latest industry skills and to provide career change options to develop in-demand skills that will open up new employment opportunities.

The Construction Hub Academy’s launch in Oakdale, Caerphilly offers a range of coveted, industry-recognized qualifications and short courses in demolition and earthmoving.

The center was created in response to the growing demand for earthworks workers as the appetite for new building developments and projects continues to grow. The courses are made available to both individuals and construction companies looking to train their workforce.

Through a collaboration between industrial partners and Coleg y Cymoedd, both people who are preparing for their first jobs in the construction industry and people who are already active in the industry and want to develop their skills with specialist qualifications are trained in the facility.

The center and its courses are also open to people from other industries who want to continue their education and switch to careers in construction. As the sector’s demand for skilled workers continues to grow, training opportunities could be crucial for anyone who may have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.

To improve access to the courses, the center is working with Coleg y Cymoedd to introduce the program. Anyone looking to get into the basic industry, whether early in their career or to change jobs and apply their years of experience in a new industry, can apply through college for a place on their chosen course.

Matt Tucker, Assistant Principal of Business Services at Coleg y Cymoedd, said, “The construction job opportunities continue to expand and we are excited to partner with the new Construction Hub Academy to facilitate education in this growing area. We welcome anyone contemplating a career in construction, whether they have just left school or considering a career change, to get in touch. “

Those who join the academy can work toward a number of industry-recognized qualifications and licenses, including training on how to use excavators, dump trucks, forklifts, and other earthwork-related machinery. Other courses available include cable avoidance training and various health and safety certificates. The center also offers bespoke training packages tailored to the individual needs of companies.

Chris Rosser, Director of Business Development at Construction Hub Academy said: “Despite the growing demand for basic labor, there was a real niche in Wales for high quality training in this area of ​​construction. We wanted to address this by creating our tailor-made training academy.

“The qualifications we offer at the academy will benefit a number of people and help equip those new to the industry with the qualifications they need to get started while retaining existing professionals in the Enable the construction sector to learn new skills that will help them progress and advance further in their careers. “

The new facility has already created five trainer jobs, while another four will be created in the coming months as the center seeks to take on additional training coordinator and business development roles.

Learners can choose to study at the Construction Hub Academy facilities in Oakdale or at Coleg y Cymoedd, where the academy’s instructors provide training on behalf of the college. Alternatively, construction companies have the option to conduct training at their own locations if they prefer. The instructors can travel through South Wales.

Depending on the admission criteria, government funds are available to individuals and companies to cover training costs.

Chris added, “We are committed to giving back to the local community, helping people secure sustainable employment opportunities, and helping companies access highly qualified people with the right skills and training. We want more companies to know that funding is available to cover the cost of training their employees so they don’t have to hassle.

“We are particularly interested in supporting people who suffer from long-term unemployment and who are actively trying to fill our upcoming roles with these considerations in mind. We also hope that our new courses will be a positive option for anyone looking to continue their education and training in the face of the pandemic as there are many job opportunities in the construction sector. “

Looking to the future, the Construction Hub Academy hopes to develop a long-term training program with Coleg y Cymoedd, in which learners can study courses at the academy and gain experience on site.