construction jobs boost for wales

Construction in Wales is predicted to grow at nearly three times the UK average in the next five years.

A study by Construction Skills Network forecasts an average annual growth of 7.1% in Wales, compared with 2.5% for the rest of the UK.

The figures are up from the 5.8% previously projected because of the Wylfa Newydd project in Anglesey, North Wales.

More than 27,000 jobs will be created across Wales, according to the research. And in North Wales, there are lots of opportunities in construction.

Wylfa Newydd in Anglesey is one of the projects expected to contribute to the growth, along with the North Wales prison project in Wrexham and major road schemes across Wales.

Projects in North Wales like Wylfa Newydd mean that the forecasted growth in construction is centred on ‘new work’ rather than building repair and maintenance, with output of new work increasing by 9.5% annually, compared with 2.2% for repair and maintenance.

So what does this mean for people looking to work in construction?

Well, the increase is expected to drive employment growth at an average rate of 2.9% a year. Again, well above the UK average of 1.1%.

The North Wales prison is under construction and is due to be completed in 2017. In that time, hundreds of construction jobs will be created, including 100 apprenticeships and 500 work placement days.

And there are loads more projects on the cards for North Wales. Like Parc Adfer, which will create around 300 jobs during its three-year construction period - which is scheduled to start in the first half of 2016.

So there are plenty of opportunities to build a career in construction.

What to know more? Take a look at our Go Construct blog.

The full CITB Construction Skills Network 2016-2020 report provides useful forecast figures and predicts trends for the construction industry in Wales. Click here to view it online.

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