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Welsh training celebration

16 November 2011

An event is being run in Cardiff to celebrate training for the Welsh built environment and to launch a training academy.

Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert AM will be attending an event to celebrate a training and apprenticeship programme for the built environment. The programme, run by Asset Skills, has changed the training landscape by delivering new apprenticeships and qualifications to hundreds of staff in facilities management, cleaning, property, planning and housing.

The event is being held on 23 November at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. It will mark training offered as part of the Sector Priorities Fund Pilot (SPFP) programme, funded by the Welsh Government with additional support from the European Social Fund (ESF).

“The demand for this programme has been massive with Welsh employers oversubscribing the original candidate target fourfold in some qualifications,” said Steven Proudfoot, Chief Operating Officer at Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the above industries.

“The programme brought new qualifications to Wales that were previously unavailable. We have been able to put 230 candidates through courses – it’s had a really positive effect on these industries throughout a very difficult time.”

Asset Skills will also be launching its UK Academy for Wales following its success in England. The UK Academy is a membership organisation that helps ease the training process for employers in business services, housing and property in England and Scotland.

“By bringing our academy programme to Wales, we hope to extend the advantages of the SPF training programme even further afield,” said Steven Proudfoot.

The event will offer an opportunity to hear about the benefits employers and staff have gained through workplace training and to find out how the Academy can help Welsh industry meet its future training needs.


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