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Event celebrates training for Welsh built environment

Published 2nd December, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Event celebrates training for Welsh built environment

Deputy minister for skills, Jeff Cuthbert AM, recently attended 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 was held on 23 November at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. It marked 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 over-subscribing 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.

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