The centre is the initiative of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and a consortium led by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).
Building of the new Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) is due to begin in the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter towards the end of 2016. CWIC will also have satellite sites at colleges across Wales, including Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion, which are part of the UWTSD Group, and Coleg Cambria in North Wales and Coleg y Cymoedd in southeast Wales.
The £6.5m investment is expected to create a new kind of construction training for 1,100 people per year.
CITB partnerships manager Donna Griffiths, at, said: “The CWIC will, for the first time, deliver an integrated career pathway between craft, trade and professional construction occupations across the whole of Wales.”
UWTSD project director Gerald Naylor said: “We are looking forward to working with the CITB to develop a new model for delivering skills to the construction sector in Wales and beyond. Working with our FE college partners across Wales we will develop a ‘hub and spoke’ framework that will enable companies to access training through a central point.”
Mark Bodger, strategic partnership director for CITB Cymru Wales, said: “This landmark partnership will ensure we have the right skills in place meet our industry’s current and future needs. This exciting new centre will be a major step forward for the construction industry in Wales and help it become a leader in digital and modern construction and the repair of traditional buildings and heritage sites.”