There are many organisations in Wales that provide business advice, recruitment and careers support to construction employers. Support services available include:
Business advice and strategy support
Business Wales is a free service that offers impartial, independent support and advice to employers across Wales, regardless if they're new or established business.
Visit the Business Wales website for details of support and services available.
North Wales Business Academy
The academy offers a learning programme which is designed to help construction employers develop a business strategy that grows their business.
The 2-stage programme consists of a series of practical modules led by a business mentor.
Visit the North Wales Business Academy website for details of this programme.
Championing construction as a career
Business in the Community Cymru
Business in the Community Cymru (BITC) brings companies together to tackle social issues. Their programme provides a framework for mutually beneficial long-term partnerships between businesses and schools.
They also support many companies to make volunteering the norm in their workplace.
Visit the BITC website for more information.
Education Business Exchange
Career Wales's Education Business Exchange helps pair up construction employers and schools. The aim of the exchange is to give employers the opportunity to work with schools in developing educational programmes related to construction.
Visit the Education Business Exchange website for more details.
Have a Go
The Have a Go initiative offers schools and students a range of interactive and fun activities where they can have a taste of the skills needed for a career in the construction sector.
The programme is seeking construction employers as partners for this initiative
Visit the Have a Go Wales website for more information about the initiative.
Recruitment and retention
Chwarae Teg run the Agile Nation 2 Business Programme. The programme aims to improve business performance through effective recruitment, retention and development of a diverse workforce.
Visit the Chwarae Teg website for more information about this programme.
The Prince's Trust
The Prince's Trust helps young people into education, training and work. They regularly look for businesses to partner with in their programmes, including work placements and employee volunteering.
Visit the Prince's Trust website for more information about how to partner with the trust.
Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC)
The Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) offers bespoke and specialist construction training to all sectors and levels.
The centre's training programme is free to eligible individuals and companies.
Visit the Construction Wales Innovation Centre's website for details of available courses.
The Ion Leadership programme helps develop and enhance the leadership skills of business owners and managers.
They offer practical leadership courses which are designed to help participants learn how to implement the latest thinking, strategies and best practice in their businesses.
Visit the Ion Leadership website for details of available leadership courses and qualifications.
Skills Gateway provides several tools to help employers identify existing and gaps in their workforce's skills so that they can plan training and develop their workers.
Skills Gateway also offers other services and support, such as apprenticeship support and recruitment.
Visit the Skills Gateway website for more information about their services.
Qualifications Wales regulates vocational qualifications in Wales. They work many organisations to monitor the compliance of awarding bodies, review existing qualifications, oversee the design of new requirements and support the qualifications system.
They occasionally consult with construction employers about qualifications needed in the industry.
Visit the Qualification Wales website for more information about their work.