New academy helping future of industry
15 Apr 2020

It’s vitally important to safeguard the future of the construction industry and that includes ensuring bright young talent gets all the help and support they need - that’s why we have launched the SWG Academy.

The academy will give us the opportunity to help schoolchildren along the path towards their chosen career and our pilot project sees us partner with Llanfyllin High School. If it’s successful we will roll the scheme out to other schools.

Commitment to the community

We take our place in the local community very seriously and are always keen to get involved in any way we can. This is why we see the launch of the SWG Academy as an exciting project which we hope will benefit both local children realise their ambitions and help to produce the next generation of construction workers.

It’s a brand new project for the company and one aimed at giving students at Llanfyllin High School the best start in their hopes and dreams of working in a wonderful industry.

The idea

Our team went along to a school assembly to talk to Year 9 pupils about the SWG Academy and the wide range of opportunities which exist within the industry, the pathways to employment and to explain more about the new GCSE option, Construction and the Built Environment.

The new GCSE subject is a groundbreaking initiative where pupils will do classroom-based activities, practical assessments and site-based activities delivered between the school and SWG Academy.

If it turns out to be successful, our next step will be to expand the project to include other secondary schools.

The future

Our visit happened shortly before the schools’ shutdown over coronavirus but we have been able to set up the framework with the school and there was a lot of interest shown in our academy partnership. 

It means that when the schools open again we will be in a position to get the programme up and running. The SWG Academy is an exciting project and we are looking forward to helping the students at Llanfyllin High School work towards their goal of working in the construction industry.