What's available to construction employers in Wales
Contact your CITB customer engagement adviser
Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd & Conwy
Since 2010, Aled has been providing support and advice to employers within the construction industry. He is a qualified careers advisor and is currently undertaking an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Level 5 qualification in Coaching & Mentoring.
Aled is a fluent Welsh speaker and happy to provide a service bilingually to meet customer needs.
Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and North Powys
Emrys started working as a Construction Careers Adviser with the CITB in 2011 and has been a CITB Adviser since 2016.
Before joining the CITB he worked for Careers Wales in the North East. Emrys is a fluent Welsh speaker and happy to provide a service bilingually to meet customer needs.
Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire
Helen has been working for CITB since 2016 and has been a long term advocate for lifelong learning and local economic development.
She has experience as a coach and trainer, running businesses and evaluation; and is an advanced Welsh learner.
Swansea & South Powys
Tel: 07824 865551
Neath Port Talbot & Rhondda Cynon Taff
Tel: 07786 334801
Bridgend, Vale, Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil
Tel: 07748 238704
Cardiff, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire & Newport
Suzi has recently joined our CITB team having worked for a large construction company since 2008 managing a regional Social Value and Community Engagement programme.
Suzi is looking forward to supporting our CITB registered employers both large and small across Cardiff and the Vale.
Suzi is a Mental Health First Aider and is also working towards an NVQ/Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Level 5 in Leadership and Management.
Tel: 07770 678353
Partnership managers in Wales
CITB partnership managers are responsible for forming and managing strategic relationships with partner organisations. Our partnership managers also contribute and support the implementation of construction-related policy in Wales.
Our partnership managers in Wales are:
Mark Bodger - Partnerships director for Wales
Contact Mark by Twitter @MBodger
Rob Davies - Senior Customer Engagement Manager for Wales
Ceri RushJones - Customer Engagement Manager for Mid-Wales and North Wales
Contact Ceri by Twitter @CeriCitb
Victoria Walsh - Customer Engagement Manager for South Wales
Contact Victoria by Twitter @torswalsh
Mark Whitby - Customer Engagement Manager for South West Wales
Contact Mark by Twitter @mark_whitby_CEM
In Wales we have a team of apprenticeship officers whose role it is to:
- promote and identify apprenticeship placement opportunities with employers
- support, mentor and monitor apprentices to ensure each of them reaches their maximum potential
- ensure that apprentice well-being is paramount at all times including their health & safety
- act as the main communication point to link apprentices, colleges, employers and parents/guardians.
Information on how to take on an apprentice is available in the CITB Apprenticeships section.
Alternatively, contact your local CITB apprenticeship officer for more details about taking on an apprentice:
Contact your local CITB apprenticeship officer
Cardiff & Vale
Carmarthenshire & Neath Port Talbert
Isle of Anglesey
Merthyr Tydfil & Rhondda Cynon Taf
Neath Port Talbot
North Wales Specialist Occupation
There are many organisations that offer funding to grow a business and opportunities to get new business. Support available include:
- Funding to grow a business, recruit or train workers
- Getting more business
Apprenticeship Small Business Employer Incentive Programme
This programme offers some financial support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to recruit apprentices aged 16-19. It aims to provide individuals and employers with the skills needed over the long-term and prevent skills shortages.
The incentive is only available to SMEs who are new to apprenticeships or have not recruited an apprentice in the last 30 months.
For more information, visit the Apprenticeship Small Business Employer Incentive Programme's website.
Business Wales supports entrepreneurship to encourage the creation, development and sustainable growth of micro and SMEs
Business Gateway is an online portal for businesses across Wales to access advice and support to help them grow and prosper. From developing existing employee skills to recruitment support and training programs, the Skills for Business Gateway offers a range of solutions to meet individual business needs. Through the Skills for Business Gateway you can create your skills profile, find out more about the support available in your local area and talk to dedicated Business Wales advisers who will help you find the right solution for your business . businesswales.gov.wales/skillsport
Cardiff Council workshop and business starter units
New and expanding businesses based in Cardiff can take advantage of one of 9 sites managed by the Economic Development department at Cardiff Council. The sites host 140 workshop units which are available to local businesses to rent with 'easy-in-easy-out' terms.
Units range in size from 120 to 2,000 sq ft with the majority of workshop units designated with a B1 use class.
Visit the Cardiff Council website for details of available units and rental terms.
Conwy Business Grant
This is a discretionary grant to support the growth of Conwy businesses, social enterprises or farm diversification projects.
Grants of between £200 and £1500 are available based on 50% of eligible project costs.
For more information about this grant, visit the Conwy Business Centre website.
Development Bank of Wales
The Development Bank of Wales set up by the Welsh government, offers a range of finance options to help businesses start up, strengthen and grow.
Visit the Development Bank of Wales website for details of finance options available to construction businesses.
Cadw is the Welsh Government's historic environment service. They periodically advertise tenders to provide historic conservation and general construction services.
They also provide the guidelines for restoration and building work on a historic property or area.
Visit the Cadw website for more information about available tenders.
The Sell2Wales portal lists all the public sector contracts in Wales which are open for bidding.
The portal also offers businesses the opportunity to list goods and services available to public sector organisations.
Visit the Sell2Wales website for more information on how to bid for public sector contracts.
There are many organisations in Wales that provide business advice, recruitment and careers support to construction employers. Support services available include:
Business advice and strategy support
Championing construction as a career
Recruitment and retention
Business Wales is a free service that offers impartial, independent support and advice to employers across Wales, regardless if they're new or established business.
Visit the Business Wales website for details of support and services available.
North Wales Business Academy
The academy offers a learning programme which is designed to help construction employers develop a business strategy that grows their business.
The 2-stage programme consists of a series of practical modules led by a business mentor.
Visit the North Wales Business Academy website for details of this programme.
Business in the Community Cymru
Business in the Community Cymru (BITC) brings companies together to tackle social issues. Their programme provides a framework for mutually beneficial long-term partnerships between businesses and schools.
They also support many companies to make volunteering the norm in their workplace.
Education Business Exchange
Career Wales's Education Business Exchange helps pair up construction employers and schools. The aim of the exchange is to give employers the opportunity to work with schools in developing educational programmes related to construction.
Visit the Education Business Exchange website for more details.
Have a Go
The Have a Go initiative offers schools and students a range of interactive and fun activities where they can have a taste of the skills needed for a career in the construction sector.
The programme is seeking construction employers as partners for this initiative
Visit the Have a Go Wales website more information about the initiative.
Chwarae Teg run the Agile Nation 2 Business Programme. The programme aims to improve business performance through effective recruitment, retention and development of a diverse workforce.
Visit the Chwarae Teg website for more information about this programme.
The Prince's Trust
The Prince's Trust helps young people into education, training and work. They regularly look for businesses to partner with in their programmes, including work placements and employee volunteering.
Visit the Prince's Trust website for more information about how to partner with the trust.
Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC)
The Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) offers bespoke and specialist construction training to all sectors and levels.
The centre's training programme is free to eligible individuals and companies.
Visit the Construction Wales Innovation Centre's website for details of available courses.
The Ion Leadership programme helps develop and enhance the leadership skills of business owners and managers.
They offer practical leadership courses which are designed to help participants learn how to implement the latest thinking, strategies and best practice in their businesses.
Visit the Ion Leadership website for details of available leadership courses and qualifications.
Skills Gateway provides several tools to help employers identify existing and gaps in their workforce's skills so that they can plan training and develop their workers.
Skills Gateway also offers other services and support, such as apprenticeship support and recruitment.
Visit the Skills Gateway website for more information about their services.
Qualifications Wales regulates vocational qualifications in Wales. They work many organisations to monitor the compliance of awarding bodies, review existing qualifications, oversee the design of new requirements and support the qualifications system.
They occasionally consult with construction employers about qualifications needed in the industry.
Visit the Qualification Wales website for more information about their work.
Business networking events, seminars and workshops
The Business Wales Events Finder lists all construction related networking events, seminars, workshops and short courses available to employers in Wales.
Visit the Business Wales Events Finder website to find your nearest business event.
CITB employer events
CITB organises local surgeries where employers can meet their local advisors face-to-face to get advice and support on how to access CITB grants, training support and apprenticeship services.
CITB also organises employer roadshows at least once a year where local employers can network with their peers and get information on CITB's strategic plans for the Welsh construction industry.
See Events for more information including registering to attend one of these events.
Education and skills taster events
SkillsCymru offers people a chance to get first hand information about a construction career in Wales. This free event has a range of hands-on activities and skills taster sessions, as well as information about further education and training courses needed for a job in construction.
Free training events
Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) offers free training courses to Welsh construction employers and workers.
Visit the CWIC website for more information about available courses.
Opportunity to arrange a face-to-face appointment with the Local Councilor to discuss CITB funding and grants. To order email Local Engagement Adviser email@example.com
Where: On-Site Boost (SEWSCAP), Llanrumney, Cardiff
Dates: 31/01/2022, 12/04/2022, 14/06/2022
Accxel - Employer Support Wales - 02/02/2022
An online event to go through CITB grants, funding and support with Acxel Employers based in Wales.
National Apprentice Week: Focus on Construction - 07/02 / 22-18 / 02/22
An online event aimed at those currently on construction FT courses and wishing to join the sector as an apprentice.
7 February - Coleg Sir Gâr
9 February - Coleg Ceredigion
February 9 - Coleg Cambria
February 10 - Grŵp Llandrillo Menai
18 February - Coleg Gwent
Introduction to Construction Qualifications (Wales) - 18/02/2022
An online event exploring the methodology behind the changes and explaining the new qualification structure for construction apprentices in Wales. An event hosted by CITB in partnership with Coleg Sir Gâr and City & Guilds.
Event details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-construction-qualifications-wales-tickets-243486212817
International Women's Day - 04/03/2022
Event postponed due to Covid restrictions. Further details will follow.
Employer Open Day / Surgery - 25/03/2022
Open Day / Employer Surgery in partnership with one of our ATO's - Wow Training.
Want support to grow a business, take on an apprentice, access grants and financial assistance for construction training? Join the CITB Surgery at Wow Training, Holyhead.
Go Construct STEM Ambassadors Training - To be confirmed
An introductory session for candidates who want to register as our STEM Go Construct Ambassadors. For more details: Construction Ambassadors (How to become one) About Construction (goconstruct.org)
Go Construct STEM Ambassador - 'hands-on' - to be confirmed
An opportunity for our Ambassadors to come along and try out the various kits and activities available to support them with their career activity.
Where: CWIC, Swansea
Health and Safety Talks with L1 Learners - TBC
The Local Engagement Adviser works with Coleg Gwent and HSE 'Working Well Together Group' which includes HSE construction managers who will discuss H1E L1 Construction Learners' H&E best practice when out on site, either on an industrial or domestic site.
Event postponed due to Covid restrictions. Further details will follow.
Wales Construction Show, Cardiff - 06/04/2022
The one-day exhibition brings together suppliers and trades for a day of networking and connection, and is free for visitors to sign up for the event. CITB will have a stand and advisers available to meet and discuss with employers who are visiting the show.
Where: Cardiff City Stadium
Coleg Gwent Employers and Apprenticeship Event - TBC April 2022
An opportunity for employers to showcase their apprentice opportunities and meet interested learners.
Where: Coleg Gwent
Labour market intelligence is important for local businesses as well as Regional Skills Partnerships (RSPs). These reports help them understand where the gaps are in the labour market that they can take advantage of, or need to increase recruitment activity in.
The Welsh Government produces a regular series of regional intelligence reports for the country. These are free to download from the Business Wales website:
Construction employers in Wales are benefitting from the support and services they're getting from CITB and its partners. The following is the latest selection of success stories from employers across Wales:
- Preserving our heritage skills
Find out how Recclesia, a heritage conservation company in North Wales got funding to train the next generation of conservation trade specialists.
- "It doesn't matter who you are - you can do it!"
Learn how architect and Great British Bake Off star Ruby Bhogal has inspired a new generation of young women to enter construction.
- Funding to tap into new markets
Find out how Harriet Lee Building & Renovation Ltd in North Wales got funding to invest in more training of their workforce so that they could get more work.
- International Women's Day: Encouraging women into construction
Watch highlights of the 'International Women's Day: Encouraging women into construction' event below, featuring several Welsh employers who shared their experiences of the benefits of recruiting women into their workforce.