Press Releases 2016

Construction Industry Training Board establishes landmark £6.5m Construction Wales Innovation Centre with UWTSD


A ground-breaking £6.5m Wales-wide agreement which will create construction training for 1,100 people per year has been signed today (April 12).

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and a consortium led by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, will establish the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) to offer state-of-the-art facilities and world-class training for individuals and construction companies.

‌With its proposed headquarters at SA1 Swansea Waterfront, the CWIC will also have sites at colleges across Wales, including Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion, which are part of the UWTSD Group, and Coleg Cambria in North Wales and Coleg y Cymoedd in South East Wales.

Construction is due to begin towards the end of 2016 with the CWIC’s opening targeted for September 2018.

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

“This landmark partnership will ensure we have the right skills in place meet our industry’s current and future needs. This exciting new centre will be a major step forward for the construction industry in Wales and help it become a leader in digital and modern construction and the repair of traditional buildings and heritage sites.”

Gerald Naylor, UWTSD Project Director, said: “We are looking forward to working with the CITB to develop a new model for delivering skills to the construction sector in Wales and beyond. Working with our FE College partners across Wales we will develop a ‘Hub and Spoke’ framework that will enable companies to access training through a central point.”‌

The “Hub” will be based at the University’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development and the “Spokes” will be located at the Wales-wide colleges listed above.

The CITB and UWTSD collaboration will offer companies the facilities and expertise to test new concepts in construction training. It will:

  • Donna Griffiths, Partnerships Manager at CITB, said: “The CWIC will, for the first time, deliver an integrated career pathway between craft, trade and professional construction occupations across the whole of Wales.Be the first of its kind in Britain to provide applied research, training and consultancy through one partnership.
  • Provide state-of-the-art facilities to allow students and businesses to learn best practice techniques.
  • Offer a “rapid construction zone” to start innovative systems for bespoke tests such as structural performance.

“The CWIC will respond to the skills challenges Wales faces and help train the next generation of workers in construction.”

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor, UWTSD added “The vision for SA1 Swansea Waterfront is to create a neighbourhood where the University and its partners can work with industry to exploit opportunities that will not only benefit the region but will also deliver those benefits to the rest of Wales.  This development is key to us achieving that vision”.

Note to Editor

For more information and interviews, contact John Gilheaney, CITB Press Officer, on 0300 4565453 or email

For UWTSD information please contact Rebecca Davies –  Tel: 01792 481965.


1. Representatives from CITB and UWTSD were in attendance at the event this morning: Pictured are: Centre:  Professor Medwin Hughes (UWTSD) and Mark Bodger (CITB)  with Gerald Naylor (UWTSD), Dr Jane Davidson (UWTSD), Donna Griffiths (CITB); Professor Stephen Hole (UWTSD), Kathryn David (UWTSD) Alex Birks (CITB); Huw Thomas (Coleg Ceredigion), Barry Liles (UWTSD); Judith Evans (Coleg y Cymoedd), Nick Tyson (Coleg Cambria) and Gwyndaf Tobias (UWTSD)

Further Informatioin:

  1. Supporting partners of the UWTSD consortium include: Building Research Establishment (BRE); Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); City & County of Swansea Council; Coleg Cambria; Coleg Ceredigion; Coleg Sir Gâr; Coleg y Cymoedd, Cyfle Building Skills; Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd. 
  2. CITB is the largest provider of construction apprenticeships in the UK, giving thousands of young people every year the opportunity to enter the construction industry, whilst allowing employers to grow their business.

About CITB: CITB is the Industrial Training Board (ITB) for the construction industry in Great Britain (Scotland, England and Wales). It is working to ensure that construction employers have the right skills, in the right place at the right time by investing funds and providing a wide range of industry-led skills and training solutions.We For more details on our work please more information on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David please visit:

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.  The UWTSD Group comprises two further education colleges - Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion – as part of a dual sector group structure.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.