Amdanan BEST

BEST is funded via the Welsh European Funding Office from April 2012, under the European Social Fund.  Cardiff University’s Welsh School of Architecture is the lead sponsor and will work in collaboration with: Asset Skills, Constructing Excellence Wales, CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Energy Saving Trust, Proskills, and Summit Skills.  BEST seeks to unite a range of key stakeholders with responsibilities for the skills of the energy, waste, water and built environment sectors to create a 10-year strategy and training delivery roadmap which will better equip businesses, employees and training providers in Wales through the provision of new (procured) training courses funded through BEST.

Objectives – An overview

  • Work across key theme areas of: Waste, Water, Off-site and On-site Construction, Large and Small Scale energy production – all themes will consider 2 key contexts: existing and new build.
  • Enable skills development and progression within the Built Environment (BE) sector (from typical level 2 craft skills/ qualifications towards aspirational level 3 and above, including professional levels).
  • Work with key stakeholders to ensure that the strategy, courses and skills delivered are in line with both short & long term skills gaps and shortages.

Phase I

(July 2012 – June 2013) will produce a Skills Strategy and Delivery Plan, which will outline the type, quantity and levels of courses and qualifications to be delivered to meet the current, medium and long term future needs of the Welsh Built Environment Sector.

Phase II

(July 2013 – July 2015) will see the development and delivery of training courses, in alignment with the training and education priorities identified by the above Skills Strategy, which will go through OJEU procurement processes. These will be monitored and evaluated against set criterion, as well as encouraged to achieve a number of targets for a broad range of beneficiaries.

BEST aims to leave a lasting legacy on the training and up-skilling of the existing workforce in the Welsh Built Environment sector, not least through its 10-year strategy, but also through commissioning new pilot training courses. These courses are likely to set Wales apart and create a precedent for their development in neighbouring nations.

Who can I contact to find out more? Rhian Williams – Executive Officer (

Telephone: 029 2087 0990