Category Archives: Apprenticeship Updates

Blazing to Serbia

Cyfle Building Skills CITB Apprentices have recently been a part of a project to construct a new build for 22 local volunteer firefighters in the Serbian village of Tometino Polje. The very active Tometinto Polje Voluntary Fire Brigade consists of 22 members, set up to fight forest fires in summer in and around our small village in West Serbia. Their only fire engine (1957 Green Goddess) is beginning to degrade due to the extremes of summer and winter, hence the need to build her a fire station.

The Fire Brigade is legally established in Serbia and are members of Blazing to Serbia and also Fire Aid. The Ground Breaking Ceremony in September was attended by Blazing to Serbia, local dignitaries and the British Ambassador, HMA, Denis Keefe.

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Funding was secured from the local council to enable them to build the station over 3 years but budgets are very tight. Swansea Bay Construction Support Group, together will CCTAL and Dyfed Training Group also contributed towards this project which has enabled apprentices from all regions to develop their skills in working on this overseas community project.

Simple plans were prepared and the station site was excavated and ready for activity. The plan for the first year of build was to create foundations, build walls on the first floor and assemble the ceiling.

Work began in late May 2018 and Cyfle Building Skills sent out their first of two teams in early June 2018 for a two week visit. The basic structure of the fire station will be complete by the 30th of June, when team 2 returns from their 2-week visit.

After the first week of the visit to Serbia by team 1 from Cyfle Building Skills, a progress report was sent:
It was reported that the first day on the build project was a challenge with water shortages and power cuts; the team overcame this and “on the second day there was 16 volunteers on site and were enjoying good support from brigade members”.

Below are some progression images on the fire station build by:

Team 1: Paul Falzon Cyfle Shared Apprentice Coordinator, Steven Brenchley CITB Shared Apprentice Bricklayer, Dylan Evans CITB Shared Apprentice Electrician and Daniel Jones an ex CITB Shared Apprentice Bricklayer.

Team 2: Owain Phillips an ex CITB Shared Apprentice Carpenter, Kane Lewis a CITB Shared Apprentice Plasterer, Rebecca Coles a CITB Shared Apprentice Electrician and Cerys Burrill a CITB Shared Apprentice Carpenter working cooperatively with the volunteers of the Serbian Brigade.

Cyfle Building Skills Scoops the Queens Award for Enterprise – Innovation

The Queen’s Award is the most prestigious in the UK – is given to Companies or Individuals who are outstanding in their field and are split across four categories – innovation, international trade and sustainable development promoting opportunity. Cyfle Building Skills, has scooped the innovation award for its ground-breaking  Scheme in which Apprentices are taught… Continue Reading

Adult Upskilling Funding Support – Addressing the Skills Gaps

As a result of feedback from the industry, CITB, as part of a pilot programme, has made flexible employer funding available to support you with recruiting partially trained staff into your organisation. For a trial period, we are able to offer support of up to £3,000* per candidate to assist you to recruit someone who… Continue Reading

National Apprenticeship Week

On 12th March, some group member companies, together with Cyfle challenged the skills of some level 1 brickwork and carpentry students from NPTC Group. ASW Property Services Ltd., Jistcourt, John Weaver (Contractors) Ltd. and Morganstone were invited to judge the competition, casting their expert eye over the work of the competitors. The day finished with… Continue Reading

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week (3rd – 7th March 2014) is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses. There will be an event taking place in Llandarcy on 6th March, click here for further details. If you would like to support this event, please contact the Group Training Officer. Continue Reading