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1,500 extra construction workers needed in Wales by 2026

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NEW figures from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) forecast a big rise in the demand for construction workers over the next five years.

An extra 11,500 workers will be required to meet construction demand by 2026 in Wales
Wales’ recruitment must grow by 2.1% annually to meet increasing demand – higher than the UK national average (2.0%)

In Wales, new build private housing, public non-housing and housing repair and maintenance sectors are expected to see the fastest rates of growth

This comes as over a quarter of a million construction workers are needed across the UK to fulfil demand

The largest increases in annual demand in Wales are expected to be for occupations including bricklayers (540 per year) and electrical trades (280 per year). This comes as private housing; housing repair and maintenance and public non-housing sectors are set to see the fastest rates of growth in the region.

The report finds that over a quarter of a million construction workers are needed across the UK to fulfil demand. If projected growth is met on a national scale, construction employment across the UK is forecasted to reach a high of nearly 2.78 million workers by 2026.

With job vacancies at a record high, and unemployment at its lowest level in 50 years, the report forecasts that recruitment and developing a highly skilled workforce will be the biggest challenge construction will face over the next five years.

This comes as CITB urges industry and government to come together in refreshing the way the industry hires and trains, making construction an attractive place for everyone to work.

CITB Engagement Director for Wales, Mark Bodger said: “Construction is vital in developing and strengthening our regional and national economies, and our report shows the future is bright for Wales.

“Wales’ 2.8% annual recruitment growth predictions are encouraging. It’s major construction projects like the £500m investment in Dowlais Top to Hirwaun section of the A465 that will help to drive growth in Welsh construction. The industry has a lot to offer, and it must use its many strengths, and projects like these, to attract and retain top talent in a competitive recruitment landscape.

“Training routes into the industry will be a focus for us and we have to attract and retain more people from right across Wales. It will be a major task, but the industry needs to evolve and grow to reach its untapped potential for the success and prosperity of Wales’s and the UK’s economy.”

In CITB’s Business Plan,3 launched last month, three core challenges are set out. These challenges, which reflect the views of employers and a wide variety of stakeholders, are:

· Responding to the skills demands

· Developing the capacity and capability of construction training provision

· Addressing future skills needs.

The plan shows how CITB will invest over £233m across Britain to support construction throughout 2022/23.

CITB will create more accessible routes into construction, with a focus on apprenticeships providing first-hand experience of working on site. In Wales, CITB will be working with colleges to increase the uptake of traineeships, a pathway for learners that need additional support and insight before entering the industry. Traineeships will offer an additional assured learning opportunity to encourage people into construction. This year four providers will be offering traineeships pilot in Site Carpentry.

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened

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ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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