The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s waterfront project is now underway with work on the foundations already begun.
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has funded the new centre which is part of the University’s overall develop, which homes to draw in students from local schools and colleges to experience the construction industry first-hand.
Coleg Cymoedd, Coleg Cambria, Coleg Ceredigion, Coleg Sir Gar and the Building Research Establishment will deliver bespoke, specialist training across a range of construction trades.
The start of work on CWIC comes at the mid-point of the construction of the Waterfront’s new academic and library building, which has made significant progress during the last year.
Cllr Rob Stewart said: “While a number of regeneration projects are forthcoming in Swansea, including our exciting redevelopment plans for the city centre, several schemes are now ongoing, so things are already happening for the benefit of Swansea as a city.
“The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development will add further vibrancy to SA1, help attract even more investment and boost Swansea’s status as an innovative city of learning, so the council wholeheartedly supports all the terrific progress that’s being made on site.
Other developments planned for the site include a box village initiative, which will convert shipping containers to provide flexible, affordable space for start-up companies.
Gerald Naylor, CWIC Director, said: “When opened in September 2018, the ‘Hub’ will not only be the administrative centre but also a key part of the delivery including bespoke training, industry promotional activities and product demonstration and testing.”
Mark Bodger, Strategic Partnerships Director for CITB Wales, added: “The Construction Wales Innovation Centre will transform construction training not just in Swansea, but across Wales.
“Since September last year, over 500 learners have completed courses at CWIC’s ‘spoke’ colleges, with courses including plastering, street works and heritage roofing. This next generation of construction workers will help build the homes and infrastructure the country needs to grow in the years and decades to come.”
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