Construction and the Built Environment


In February 2018, we published Building the Future, the report on our sector review of qualifications and the qualifications system in Construction and the Built Environment. The report summarised the views of learning providers and a range of professional and representative bodies, together with more than 100 employers and over 900 learners. It included findings from our own technical review of a sample of qualifications and an international comparison study.

Our review identified that:

  • the current offering for this sector is complex, with repetition and unclear progression routes;
  • the content and design of qualifications means that learners can miss out on skills and techniques that they need to meet the needs of employers across Wales;
  • qualifications do not always meet the needs of employers or the economy, and some are considered to be outdated, irrelevant or inadequate;
  • assessment is often not well managed, and quality assurance can be inconsistent and of poor quality.


Throughout the review, we engaged with a wide range of stakeholders, including learners, employers, learning providers (further education colleges, schools and training organisations), and representatives from universities.

Click on the videos below to hear the views of some of the people who took part in the review, and their thoughts on the completed report.


Cassy Taylor, Associate Director (Vocational Qualifications), Qualifications Wales

Ed Evans, Director, CECA

Tom Anwyl, Director, Anwyl Group

Anthony Rees, Regional Manager, Cyfle Building Skills

Andrew Brett, Head of Construction, Coleg Menai

Ken Pearson, Director, Bluestone Builders

Richard James, HEFE Sector Manager, Willmott Dixon