Kier is launching a new education programme in Wales with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), to create effective links between local schools and the Kier supply chain
Called the Educational Engagement Programme, and launched at a special event on 4 June, Kier is giving schools, alternative curriculum providers and local employers from the industry, the opportunity to come together to better promote the diverse range of future career opportunities for young people.
The event will be held at Technium 2, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where Kier is currently working on the SA1 Swansea waterside development.
It will be an opportunity for schools, employers and key consortium partners to learn about the purpose of the programme and how it can add value to their priorities as a school or business.
The new initiative builds on Kier’s Shaping Your World campaign, which is spearheading change and addressing the skills crisis facing the industry, while inspiring Generation Z (11-15 year olds) to consider a career in the built environment.
Speakers at the event will include; Emma Banfield and Paul Evans from the Welsh Government initiative, Inspiring Skills Wales.
They will present on their partnership with Kier and how they can add value to the programme through innovative toolkits and construction-based competitions available to schools.
Jason Taylor, Kier Construction Western and Wales, operations director, said: “This programme is absolutely pivotal for the construction industry to deliver the extensive pipeline of work in Wales.
“This initiative will offer a truly unique approach with the development of a construction education tool that will help breakdown perceptions and showcase the wealth of job opportunities available within the built environment.
“Our industry has so much to offer and I am looking forward to the roll-out and reception to this inspiring initiative.”
Partners of the new careers programme, including the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Careers Wales will attend the launch of the new three-year initiative funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Kier Construction has a substantial presence in Wales and currently employs more than 120 people at its regional hub in Cardiff.
Over the past three years, Kier has delivered over £250m of projects, offering in excess of 2,000 apprentice weeks and 2,000 hours of support back to the community.