Construction and engineering students from Coleg Menai were recently given a rare insight behind the scenes of a major infrastructures projects thanks to a scaffolding design, safety and project management training event at Llangefni.

Horizon Nuclear Power's Project Management Contractors Bechtel, specialist scaffolding manufacturers AT-PAC and GSS (Global Site Solutions), a scaffolding project management multi-national presented to 140 students and staff.  They were joined by colleagues from Simian Risk Group, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's expert training partners for the new scaffolding training facility that will be operational in 2019.

Full-time, part-time students and apprentices got a privileged insight into how large scale infrastructure projects are utilising digital technologies to improve site safety processes, inspection regimes and efficiencies - all relating to scaffolding on global-scale projects.

The event took place on the 11th of December and was led by Craig Goltz of Bechtel, with Josh Dundon of GSS and Julio Black of AT-PAC providing insights into their companies' work and aspirations for the students to join the sector. The event focused on scaffolding and related digital technologies and site safety.

Addressing the students at the event, Craig Goltz said:

As local people and, maybe even future contractors on Wylfa Newydd, you will have ringside seats at the one of the biggest UK builds of a generation, we are here today to give you an idea of the scale of the project. At peak construction phase there will be about 8,000 construction operatives on site, we're going to be talking about how we keep people safe, scaffolding logistics and more.

Christine Evans, Head of Commercial Operations added:

We're very grateful to all the companies involved today with some of the presenters flying in from the US and Europe.  I hope that we've opened our students' eyes to the scope that exists within the global scaffolding industry and the future job opportunities in North Wales.  I'm sure we've changed perceptions and highlighted the innovations within scaffolding applications as a result of this event. Our new scaffolding training centre is a fundamental part of the new Centre for Infrastructure Skills and Training (CIST) facility on our Llangefni campus.