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Minister opens new A465 Construction Training Facility

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A new on-site training facility and visitors centre which aims to encourage and support more people into the construction industry will be officially opened in Gilwern today [4 August] by the Economy, Science and Transport Minister, Edwina Hart.
Tuesday 04 August 2015

Set-up as part of the A465 Heads of the Valleys (HoV) Dualling Scheme – Section 2: Gilwern to Brynmawr, the new facility is funded by the Welsh Government and is being managed by the scheme’s contractor, Costain Ltd. It will be used as the base for the National Skills Academy for Construction which has been developed with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB, providing important training and development opportunities for those working on the site.

Additionally, as part of the Welsh Government and Costain’s wider commitment to deliver community benefits, the centre will also be used by schools, colleges, universities, and other local groups who wish to learn more about the Head of the Valleys scheme and the construction industry.

Teachers and career advisors can use the centre to learn more about what opportunities the industry can offer their pupils and the wide range of roles associated with the construction industry.

The Minister will also meet Mike Cummine, the Project Director for Carillion, the contractor who has delivered the adjacent Section 3 (Brynmawr to Tredegar) of the dualling due to be completed later this month, and a number of local businesses who are benefitting from the continuity of work provided by both A465 schemes being delivered concurrently.

Opening the centre, Edwina Hart, said:

“We are a pro-business Government which works closely with industry to create jobs and training opportunities in Wales which benefit the economy. The construction industry is one of our priority sectors so I am delighted to launch this this new facility, which will help to support and enhance Wales’ already impressive capabilities in in this area.”

Mark Young, Construction Manager for Costain said:

“We are delighted to welcome the Minister to the new training facility and visitor centre at the A465 site compound in Gilwern. The on-site facilities developed with the Welsh Government and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) will be used to provide a full range of training activities and to promote the project and the opportunities that exist for employment in the construction industry across Wales.

“We have some stringent targets including the recruitment and training of 60 apprentices and 160 new starters and a real commitment to develop our current staff and those of our sub-contractors. We will also be encouraging schools and colleges to visit the project as well as inviting the local communities to use the facilities.”

Mark Bodger, Strategic Partnerships Director for CITB Cymru Wales, said:

“The Skills Academy, which will be supported by CITB, will put local employment and training needs at the heart of the project and will deliver a range of opportunities which will include helping young people to develop skills that will last them a lifetime.

“We are pleased to be working with Costain and the Welsh Government on the A465 Heads of the Valleys dualling scheme, which is providing many opportunities for the Welsh Construction industry. With the industry in Wales forecast to grow faster than any other part of the UK according to our latest CSN research, we want to ensure we maximise the benefits gained from this growth.”




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