|Shared Apprenticeship Scheme|
In 2007 CCTAL through its strong association with Coleg Sir Gâr, Welsh Assembly Government, CITB and Carmarthenshire County Council introduced an innovative Shared Apprenticeship Scheme for implementation amongst its members and industry partners. The CCTAL Shared Apprenticeship Scheme ran for 7 years, following the success industry partners and stakeholders identified the potential to extend the initiative to that of a Regional model with this being overseen by the three Independent Construction Industry Training Groups which reside in the South West Wales Region, namely:
- Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd “CCTAL”
- Swansea Bay Construction Support Group “SBCSG”
- Dyfed Training Group “DTG”
- To produce competent, craft skilled personnel to not only meet the needs and challenges of today’s construction industry but more importantly deliver a sustainable flow of competent craft based operatives into South West Wales region for the foreseeable future.
- To educate, inspire and support people to develop careers in the construction sector throughout the South West Wales Region via a shared approach, supported by the industry, to make a significant contribution to training activity and achievement of the region.
The Regional Shared Apprenticeship Scheme will be managed and operated by Cyfle Building Skills and in principal it will operate within the unitary authority boundaries of; Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea City, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
In essence the concept of the shared apprenticeship programme is to rotate the apprentice from company to company and project to project identifying where the required work experience exists at the appropriate time in order to maximise the training experience. In many of instances this rotation is essential as all too often a single company is not able to offer the full range of experiences or work activities demanded by the training programme particularly at the point required by the individual Apprentice.
Cyfle Building Skills is a New Regional Shared Apprenticeship Scheme that has a minimum of 210 apprenticeships across South West Wales in its first 2 years. It is a shared apprenticeship scheme launched by South West Wales Regional Shared Apprenticeship Ltd (SWWRSAL) and CITB. The aim is to provide a service which supports young adults into sustainable employment within the construction industry. This will help young people further their careers and their chances of gaining employment. They will have the opportunity to gain an NVQ level 2 & 3.
Cyfle will introduce new tradespeople into the sector and boost employment. It also means that, in this tough economic climate contractors are not tied to supporting full-time apprenticeships.
The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme allows apprentices to complete a full apprenticeship programme by working with a number of different employers, to gain the skill sets they require to become qualified.
It has been set up to help employers who want to support the development of skills while working on regional contracts, but are not in a position to offer a full term apprenticeship, and who wish to support training the future workforce.