CITB, in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), has launched a new construction higher apprenticeship in Wales – giving construction workers the chance to become supervisors and managers within the booming Welsh construction industry.

The CIOB Higher Apprenticeship in Construction Site Supervision is now being piloted at Coleg Sir Gar, Pembrokeshire College and Coleg Ceredigion, before potentially being rolled out across Wales.

With output in the Welsh construction sector set to grow by an annual average rate of 5.8% over the next five years – three times the average UK growth rate – there is a huge demand for more construction supervisors.

The qualification will provide a supportive and smoother route to the role of supervisor and potentially manager, meaning that construction workers have a clear route to develop their careers.

The new higher apprenticeship is targeted at: learners with relevant construction qualifications at level 2 or above, workers with five years’ experience working in the industry and candidates who have supervisory duties.

CITB and CIOB, alongside training providers and employers, have joined forces with the Welsh Government to develop the model.

Mark Bodger, Strategic Partnerships Director for CITB Cymru Wales, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Welsh Government and CIOB on this exciting new qualification. The new higher apprenticeship model will give those who already have construction experience the training they need to take their career to the next level.

“There are a huge range of opportunities in construction – and this new qualification should ensure that people living in Wales are first in line for the best jobs.”

Bridget Bartlett, CIOB Deputy Chief Executive, said: “It is no secret that the UK needs more talented construction managers who are capable of tackling some of the biggest built environment challenges facing society. 

“The industry has a long history of enabling people from all kinds of background to fulfil their potential and this apprenticeship is another example of that. It will not only match the ambitions of those who want to take the next step into management but could also inspire the next generation to pursue a career in construction too.”