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Wales’ future construction leaders celebrated at  graduation ceremony



​The Graduation group.

Mark Bodger, Strategic Partnership Director for CITB Cymru Wales.

The academic achievements of Wales' next generation of construction leaders have been celebrated at a graduation ceremony at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

21 graduates of the Construction Futures Wales (CFW) Leadership Programme were presented with their hard-earned qualifications (Level 5/7 in Leadership and Management) on Tuesday September 6th 2016.

CFW is jointly funded by the Welsh Government and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) through the Joint Investment Strategy (JIS) for the construction industry in Wales.

Commenting on the CFW Programme and the achievements of the graduates, Economy Cabinet Secretary Ken Skates AM said: "Construction is one of our key economic sectors with potential for real growth so it's good news to hear that sector professionals are taking advantage of the Leadership & Management programme. They are developing the skills and expertise needed to drive sustainable growth throughout the industry which in turn benefits the wider economy."

Mark Bodger, Strategic Partnership Director for CITB Cymru Wales, said: "The course was commissioned by CFW in response to demand from leaders from the Welsh construction industry. Following extensive feedback CFW assigned Cardiff School of Management to develop the programme.

"I'm delighted to say that the reaction to the course has been excellent, and the quality of the candidates has been high.

"I would like to congratulate all participants on their work and wish them long, enjoyable and prosperous careers in construction."

Professor Brian Morgan, who leads the CFW Leadership Programme, said: "The Construction Futures Wales programme has enabled over 100 aspiring leaders from the construction sector to benefit from the insights of global business leaders as well as home-grown expertise. 

"The programme focuses on business improvement and is designed to fit the needs of today's managers who, we hope, will become the future leaders of Welsh businesses in the construction sector.  It also offers a high level of accreditation with a Postgraduate Certificate from Cardiff Met and a Level 7 award from the Chartered Management Institute."

The CFW Leadership Programme, a key element of CFW's work runs over approximately ten months with six two-day workshops covering topics including:

  • Leadership, Team , Mentoring and Coaching 
  • Innovation & 'Principles of Lean Construction 
  • Finance
  • Principles of Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Growing your business; developing a Strategic Growth Plan (SGP) for your business

    During their coursework students worked closely with construction companies; contractors involved with the current crop of graduates include: RT Contractors, TRJ Ltd., RPM Shopfront Manufactures Ltd. SAM Drylining Ltd and Coatech.