Nathan Hunt

Degree: BSc Civil Engineering

Project title: Strengthening Competency Claims of Trades in the Construction Industry

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) forecasted modest growth in the construction industry between 2019 and 2023 and that 6,550 new workers will be needed (Lilley, 2019). Currently there is a reported 2.4million jobs in the con-struction industry (Rhodes, 2019). Yet many within the industry are still reporting there being a skills shortage in the construction industry.

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) withdrew the construction site operative card in 2014 and urged employers to ensure that the right card is ap-plied for when they are renewed. To be able to obtain a skilled worker CSCS card, the applicant must complete the relevant training and the health, safety, and en-vironment touchscreen test. The main training routes in the construction indus-try are apprenticeships and vocational qualifications (NVQs and SVQs) but both routes have come under fire by Qualifications Wales, suggesting that these types of courses are not creating competent workers.

  1. Why did you choose your course?

Stated working in the construction industry for a civil engineering company as a site engineer and completed my HNC with Neath Port Talbot College. I started taking more of an interest in site management and decided to continue with my education with UWTSD. The modules of the course appealed to me, especially the project management modules. These modules have given me a good base upon which to build on with experience through working.

2. What has been the high-point of your studies at UWTSD?

There are a number of high points in my studies at UWTSD. Obviously, the course has enabled me progress further within the company that I work for and take on more responsibilities on site. It has also enabled me to have serious intelligent conversations with work colleges and be able to contribute more during meetings. The biggest highlight would have to be the friends that I have made during my studies, who I have also had involvement within a professional context.

3. What are your career plans post university? 

After my studies with UWSTD, I will be looking at developing my skills through work experience and continue to climb the ladder. As my experience grows, I will be considering completing a Masters in Civil Engineering.

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