Deputy Minister Launches Cyfle Building Skills, Shared Apprenticeship Scheme offering a flexible approach to training for Employers
More than 140 construction apprenticeships will be created in the next two years as part of a new shared apprenticeship scheme for south West Wales which aims to up-skill the local workforce and attract further business and employment to the region. The Deputy Minister for skills and Technology, Ken Skates, joined CITB Wales and representatives from across South West Wales to launch Cyfle Building Skills. The Launch in the Senedd, Cardiff was an opportunity for the Deputy Minister to meet apprentices and employers involved in the scheme which allows apprentices to move between employers in order to complete a two-year apprenticeship programme. It also provides a solution for smaller businesses that would like to support local skills development, but would struggle to take on an apprentice full term or offer the appropriate training and experience due to shorter contracts.
The Cyfle Scheme is supported by the Welsh Government and CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for construction and managed by South West Wales Regional Shared Apprenticeship Ltd (SWWRSAL).
Speaking at the launch the Deputy Minister said: “Shared Apprenticeship schemes are highly effective and innovative way of sharing skills and training between different organisations, particularly when smaller businesses are involved” and also added “This is an example of how collaboration between the Welsh Government, CITB and education and industry providers can deliver for the construction industry and deliver for our economy. The new Scheme has so much potential and I’m sure it will go a long way in helping promote the industry’s reputation for professionalism and excellence.
Owain Jones, Cyfle Building Skills Chairman, said ” we want to see more apprentices and employers taking advantage of local contracts for skills training but we recognise that employing apprentices can often become a great financial burden particularly for smaller companies. Cyfle Building Skills offers a practical solution for employers and ensures apprentices get the time and experience they need to complete a full apprenticeship”.