Whilst many predicted 2017 to be a real struggle for UK construction as the country waited to see how Brexit had changed us, it appears that construction in Wales is expected to be stronger than ever, with major infrastructure projects such as Tidal Lagoon aiding growth.
Other projects, including Wylfa Newydd, the M4 Relief road, the Newtown Bypass and the Eastern Bay Link in Cardiff will create around 20,000 jobs all together over the next five years.
Mark Bodger of CIBT Wales says a focus should be placed on sourcing the right talent to complete such projects and to make the most of these jobs for Welsh construction workers.
It has also been reported that several housing developments will also contribute to this influx of employment opportunities, as well as construction in the non-housing and commercial sectors.
Ken Skates AM says “These forecasts predict strong growth in the sector in Wales, and are a reflection of our continued commitment to long term infrastructure planning and investment. We have been supporting the construction sector to grow its capacity and capability through our Construction Futures Wales programme and have been working jointly with CITB Wales so that Welsh companies are in a position to maximise the economic benefits this investment brings.”