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The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) recognises SWH as having one of the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country for second year running

SWH, leading provider of Highway Maintenance and Construction services throughout the South West, has been recognised by the CITB as one of the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country, for the second year running. 

SWH became a National Skills Academy for Construction in 2013, and now works in close collaboration with local schools and colleges, with a focus on promoting the industry to younger generations.

 SWH invests heavily in quality training, determined to ensure a highly qualified, professional workforce. Established in 2004, the Academy offers a wide range of specialist construction training and engineering apprenticeship courses, often providing the first step on the employment ladder. SWH's 600 strong workforce has a staggering 13,000 work qualifications, including CSCS, construction NVQs and traffic management qualifications. With regional offices in Exeter, Plymouth and Poole, SWH employees live amongst the local community they serve, and work with a true sense of local pride and care.  

Steve Guilbert, a long serving engineering manager at SWH said, "As an engineer, you can generate a real sense of job satisfaction when you see works that you have contributed to in everyday use. The construction industry offers such a diverse range of opportunities, a career in this sector can be highly rewarding."

To increase awareness of the opportunities available, our work has included:

  • providing a number of valuable work experience placements
  • introducing construction into lessons at a number of local schools
  • attending career events
  • delivering ‘work preparation’ days with mock interviews
  • arranging on site visits
  • offering support and opportunities for those with disabilities
  • increasing interest in our apprenticeship programmes
  • and much more

In addition to school-based learning, SWH regularly organises site visits and taster days for young people, providing a real insight into the industry. Working closely with the National Skills Academy, SWH also supports those with disabilities looking for a career in construction. SWH has formed close relationships with specialist schools and colleges such as Bicton College in East Devon, offering interested pupils valuable work experience placements and the opportunity to learn within the workplace environment. SWH also run mock interview sessions at local schools to help prepare pupils for future employment.

Anna Cooper, Project Skills Coordinator at SWH said "We're delighted by CITB's recognition of SWH as the highest achieving National Skills Academy for Construction in the country. The construction industry has so much to offer to young people and it's wonderful to see future generations being inspired by our work."


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