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New construction course is supporting local contractors

Created on 22/12/2016 @ 10:16
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An event to celebrate the successful start of a construction course which will benefit local contractors and the community has taken place in Newtown.

The gathering of apprentices, staff and construction partners was co-hosted by one of Wales' largest Further Education providers, NPTC Group and CITB Wales.

The two-year course (a BTEC and NVQ Level 3 in Construction Contracting Operations and Civil Engineering) began at NPTC’s Newtown campus in September following discussions between NPTC, award-winning construction company Evabuild and CITB Wales.

The course has been praised for the benefits it will bring to the community and construction contractors in the area.

Speaking at the event Ian Lumsdaine, Director of Studies at NPTC Group, said:  “There’s a huge skills shortage in the construction industry, but courses like this can help provide a solution.

“Construction facilitates other sectors like health, education and commerce. Without construction skills in place the activities in sectors like these would not happen which would have a detrimental effect on the economy. So it’s essential that further training, like the type offered on this course, takes place.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in setting up this course and especially the apprentices for deciding to help build the infrastructure that will support the community.”

Commenting on the training Danny Foulkes, 18, who lives near Newtown and is one of seven students on the course said: “I got an apprenticeship with EvaBuild when I left school. I studied business administration and then construction built environment. This course seemed perfect to continue my development.

“I’ve learnt a lot on this course, about project management, sciences, materials, the process of construction. I think the course is a good addition to the curriculum and should help people going forward into construction which will benefit the community. I’m looking forward to moving onto specialist training next year like surveying.”

Daniel Jones, 33, who attends the course and also works for civil engineering and groundworks contractor, GR Morris Contractors Ltd, said: “I worked in a builder’s yard for five years after leaving school eventually becoming Branch Manager.

“I decided I wanted a trade so I left to go to Brecon College to become a bricklayer. I worked for myself for a while before working for GR Morris seven years ago. I had a back injury last year so I decided I’d invest in my head rather than my body and lighten the load for the future.

“The skills I’ve learnt  so far have been fantastic. I’ve learnt about the paperwork side of things, health and safety, project management, method statements, risk assessments – all the key stuff.  I’m really enjoying it.”

CITB Wales Apprenticeships Officer Clare Ward said: “I am very pleased with the quality of apprentices we have on this course. Together with the support from NPTC and our employers I am sure this course will prove to be a success in subsequent years.  We’re really pleased to be able to support the construction industry in mid-Wales in this way.”

Photo: Danny Foulkes (front left) with others on the construction course in Newtown

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