CONSTRUCTION students from Coleg Gwent visited a local manufacturer as part of ‘See Your Site’ week which is attempting to tackle the skills-shortage Wales suffers from.

Students visited Caldicot based Benfield ATT, allowing learners to see first-hand how timber frame engineering works.

A recent report by The Open University discovered that 92% of organisations in Wales struggle to find workers with the right skills.

They found that the shortfall costs companies an extra £355 million a year in recruitment fees, inflated salaries, temporary staff and training for workers hired at a lower level than intended.

And Benfield ATT Managing Director Professor Michael Benfield said he is “always happy to showcase our facilities to encourage newcomers to consider the timer trade as a great career choice”.

Coleg Gwent Training officer Sarah Horsfall said the trip was a “fantastic opportunity”.


“The students were able to chat with the design team, who demonstrated the process of bringing a design brief to life.

“The visit concluded with a tour around the factory, where students were able to get a closer look at the manufacturing process.

“The college would like to thank everyone at Benfield ATT Group for hosting us, along with Gwent Construction Training Group for providing the funding to allow the visit to take place.”

Coleg Gwent is sponsoring The South Wales Argus Schools and Education Awards 2020.