Queen’s Award for Cyfle Building Skills

Queen’s Award for Cyfle Building Skills

Cyfle Building Skills, a long term supporter of Youthbuild UK and current patron, has been awarded  the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation for 2017.

Shane Evans, the 2011 winner of Youthbuild UK’s Young Builder of the Year Awards, is a graduate of Cyfle’s shared apprenticeship scheme.

Many congratulations to everyone involved at Cyfle.

Please see press release below: –

A Regional Shared Apprenticeship Scheme based in Ammanford has been awarded with the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Innovation for 2017, the most prestigious business awards in the UK, which is recognised worldwide, after the Prime Minister recommended them for the award.

Cyfle Building Skills, a South West Wales initiative supported by CITB, the Welsh Government and various stakeholders, offers a ground-breaking scheme in which apprentices are taught using new and original methods, the first of its kind in the UK. The scheme operates within five regional boundaries, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, and the shared apprentices are provided with a theory-based education in the regional colleges whilst also being offered the chance of practical work in various trades.

The project, in which Cyfle’s apprentices work with various employers over the two years rather working with one fixed employer, provides an alternative route into an apprenticeship as opposed to the traditional route, and the flexible shared system of apprentices has been described as the “ultimate work-based learning experience” for future tradespeople.

Since its inception in 2013, the scheme has proved a success. With 70 shared apprentices employed in five trades in its initial year, in the three years since, the number of shared apprentices has doubled spanning across seven trades. To date, the organisation have employed over 280 shared apprentices through the Cyfle scheme.

Such success has seen the regional scheme awarded with the most prestigious award in business in the UK. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, recognised across the globe, rewards enterprises for “outstanding achievement” in four categories: International Trade, Innovation, Sustainability and Promoting Opportunity. Cyfle’s scheme of innovation in the field of apprenticeships has seen them rewarded with the highly prestigious award.

Cyfle are one of few businesses recognised for the award in their category, with only a small number recognised in each category every year. The South West Wales scheme are part of a minority in Wales and in construction to have ever been awarded the Innovation award.

Since its inception in 1966, only 1357 enterprises have been rewarded with the innovation award, highlighting the prestige of Cyfle’s success.

The organisation submitted an application for the award in late 2016 and were recommended by the Prime Minister to be rewarded for their contribution to innovation in the construction sector. Her Majesty the Queen subsequently approved the recommendation that they should be recognised for their innovative work.

The organisation will be presented with their award at Buckingham Palace later in the year by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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