The SBCSG Christmas Group Meeting took place at the Swansea.Com Stadium on Thursday, December 14th, bringing together professionals from across the construction industry. The event featured several guest speakers, notably Anthony Rees, Regional Manager of Cyfle Building Skills, who delivered a comprehensive overview of the shared apprenticeship scheme, the onsite hub, and the collaborative initiatives currently underway in the region.
Anthony emphasised the importance of fostering a supportive environment for apprentices, stating:
“Our shared apprenticeship scheme is a testament to the power of collaboration, providing aspiring professionals with diverse opportunities to learn and grow within the industry.”
Cyfle Building Skills is also celebrating its tenth anniversary, so huge congratulations were given to Anthony and the team who have been a significant contributor to the industry over the past decade.
We also heard from Sue Poole and Kathryn David of Young Dragons, who spoke about their exciting upcoming project, Futurescape. Futurescape will use innovative, immersive technologies and engaging learning experiences that will expose young people to real life experiences in a virtual environment and allow them to gain a deeper understanding of the industry and potential career paths.
The project will involve children in both primary and secondary schools coming together to work on a real-life project supported by companies who will engage with the schools and provide opportunities for young people to gain a meaningful understanding of the vast range of opportunities that exist within the sector.
Futurescape will span the Swansea Bay economic area (Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire), is part-funded by the Skills and Talent Programme under the Swansea Bay City Deal.
The meeting also showcased the remarkable journey of Lynsey Davies, a former Cyfle apprentice, who shared her transformation from a plastering apprentice to her current role as a quantity surveyor with Swansea Council. Davies’ story underscored the transformative impact of apprenticeship programs, inspiring others to pursue their career aspirations within the construction field.
Prior to the meeting, the SBCSG team met with representatives of our chosen charity, Hands Up For Down’s, to present a cheque totalling £3000. This generous donation was a result of the proceeds from the previous summer’s Apprenticeship Awards night. Hands Up For Down’s aims to promote social inclusion for our children and their families by raising awareness and changing perceptions. We aim to challenge the outdated perceptions of Down’s Syndrome by informing and educating.
Anthony Thomas, Swansea Bay Construction Support Group Chairman, said:
“This event encapsulated the essence of our industry—collaboration, inspiration, and a shared commitment to fostering growth in the sector. From apprenticeship success stories to visionary projects like Futurescape, it reaffirms our collective dedication to shaping a vibrant future for the construction industry in our region.
Additionally, we are incredibly proud to donate £3000 to Hands Up For Down’s once again this year, such a fantastic cause to get behind and one we are happy to support on an annual basis.”