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What's available to construction employers in Wales

CITB Advisers can support you in diagnosing skills gaps, advising on apprenticeships, legislation and training, as well as signposting you to other sources of help and advice. Find their contact information in the links below:

Contact your CITB customer engagement adviser

Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd & Conwy

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Aled Hughes

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.

Tel: 07795 800573
Twitter: @AledCITB

Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and North Powys

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Emrys Roberts

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.

Tel: 07881 514865
Twitter: @CitbEmrys

Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire

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Helen Murray

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.

Tel: 07500 096107
Email: Helen.Murray@citb.co.uk
Twitter: @H3l3nCITB

Swansea & South Powys

Jon Davies

Jon has worked at CITB for over 14 years, in that time supporting the apprenticeship programme and now as an Engagement Advisor in the Swansea and South Powys Region.

He is an advocate of WBL, as an ex-apprentice himself. He is a qualified Mental Health First-Aider and has been a safeguarding champion in his time at CITB.  Previously completing an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Level 5 qualification in Leadership & Management Jon is now working towards his BA Hons in Business Management.

Tel: 07824 865551
Email: jon.davies@citb.co.uk
Twitter: @jondaviesCITB

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jon-davies-b9ab97124/


Rhondda Cynon Taf and Neath Port Talbot

Ross Baker

Ross has been with CITB since 2013.  Working within the apprenticeships team until July 2021, Ross then took on his new role as a Customer Engagement Advisor for Rhondda Cynon Taff and Neath Port Talbot.

Ross spent 18 years working with construction apprentices across South-West Wales and brings a wealth of Apprenticeship knowledge to the role.  Ross is a mental health first aider and is currently studying towards a BA Honours degree in Economics.

Ross is eager to support as many companies as possible, large and small, within the RCT and NPT regions. 

Tel: 07786 334801

Email: ross.baker@citb.co.uk

LinkedIn: Ross Baker

Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil

John Evans

John started with CITB as an Advisor in August 2019. Before joining CITB John worked on a European Social Fund Project.

John is a fluent Welsh speaker and happy to provide a bilingual service to meet employer’s needs.

Tel: 07748 238704

Cardiff, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire & Newport


Suzanne Perkins

Suzi has 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 South-East Wales within her areas helping them to access our grants and funding as well as supporting with our Go Construct STEM Ambassadors and college links.

Tel: 07770 678353 

Employer network pilot

 If you're in South West Wales learn more about the new 12 month initiative. Collectively employers will shape the way the funds provided by CITB are spent, and on what. And if the pilot is a success it could radically change the way training is funded by CITB.

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


Other support

Business advice and strategy support

Business Wales

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.

Championing construction as a career

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.

Visit the BITC website for more information .

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.

Recruitment and retention

Chwarae Teg

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.

Ion Leadership

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

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.

Other support

Qualification Wales

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.

There are 11 construction training groups in Wales covering a broad range of general and specialist construction sectors.

Get details of training groups in Wales.

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.

See Skills Cymru events for further information.

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.

Advisory Surgeries

Opportunity to arrange a face-to-face appointment with the Local Councilor to discuss CITB funding and grants. To order email Local Engagement Adviser suzanne.perkins@citb.co.uk

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

There are a number of consultations currently open where construction employers are invited to contribute their views to.

Organisations looking to consult with the construction industry are as follows:

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