Swansea development to generate hundreds of apprenticeships

A £26 million development project in Swansea is set to create 250 apprenticeships.

Kier Group, which has been contracted to deliver the first phase in a £300 million waterfront expansion for University of Wales Saint David, is expected to sign up local trainees as well as opening up 25 jobs, reports the South Wales Evening Post.

The positions will be made available as part of the construction group’s mission to engage with the community in Swansea and to ensure local people reap the benefits of the development.

Kier Construction operations director for South Wales, Jason Taylor, said: “We are passionate about working with youngsters, whether they be school leavers, in further education, an undergraduate or graduate, to help them get a career in construction.”

The university’s project director, Ray Selby, added: “The development of the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter will provide a unique opportunity for academic course delivery to be linked with cutting edge industry and business principles.

“The university will engage with the preferred supply chain partner with the aim of aligning academic course provision with opportunities offered by major capital project investment for the Swansea Bay region.”