Press Releases 2016

UWTSD students take up positions with Kier on SA1 Swansea Waterfront

10.10.2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to announce that two students have been employed to work on the SA1 Swansea Waterfront development.

Kier Construction Wales has opened a new office in Swansea, at Technium 2, creating seven new jobs specifically for people in the Swansea area. The new office is located right on the door step of  UWTSD’s new multi-million pound SA1 Swansea Waterfront in the heart of SA1 for The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, of which Kier has been appointed to deliver Phase 1.   The project comprises the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering together with a new Library Building, with work commencing this month.  

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Kier’s new Swansea office has already created opportunities for two local students from The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Zoe Morgan and Rhys Williams, both of whom are assigned to work on the SA1 Swansea Waterfront development for UWTSD.

Zoe, from Briton Ferry, who is studying for a BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying, has been offered an Assistant Quantity Surveyor role. Zoe will be on day release whilst completing her final year of university and Rhys Williams, who is in the final year of a BSc (Hons) in Project and Construction Management, has been employed as a Graduate Design/Planner. He will also be on day release until he completes his final year of university.

Zoe said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity. It’s very exciting to be a student at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and to now be a member of the team who is involved in building their new campus.”

Rhys added: “I’d worked for a few small construction companies before studying at university, and I’m so excited to be working on a project that’s going to have a positive impact so close to home. I’m looking forward to graduating at the end of this year, and the practical experience that I’m getting through my placement with Kier will stand me in good stead as I look to become a successful design

manager.”

Jason Taylor, Operations Director, Kier Construction Wales, said: “It’s an exciting time for Swansea, with key developments in and around the city changing the urban environment and perception of the City.  As Swansea becomes a vibrant hub of commerce and culture; it’s an ideal location for our new office.

“I am also delighted to welcome our latest new recruits, we have a very strong team culture and it’s great to see it prosper. The new office has created a real buzz amongst the team and having a base in the area gives us a firm foundation to fulfil our strategy for sustained growth.”

SA1 Swansea Waterfront Project Director Ray Selby said: “Working in close partnership with Kier brings us a step closer to realising our exciting vision for the SA1 Swansea Waterfront development.  Kier has a proven track record and extensive experience in the education sector and we look forward to delivering real benefit to the economy and community in South West Wales during the construction phase and beyond.”

“As part of the competitive procurement process, Kier has made a number of commitments to work with the University to ensure that the project generates wider economic benefits in the region during the construction phase of the development.  Such commitments include a pledge to support the economy through the use of local suppliers and sub-contractors, where feasible, and the company has already undertaken a ‘meet the buyer’ event to advertise opportunities.”

“In addition, the company will be providing a range of job opportunities, apprenticeships and work placements linked to the construction work.  Two UWTSD students have already been appointed to work on the project.

“Further opportunities will be provided for the University’s students across its campuses in Swansea, Lampeter and Carmarthen and particularly students of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering who will gain first hand-experience of a live construction project.  In addition, the company is keen to support community and civic projects linked to the development.”