Cardiff Council Update: 20 August

Here is the latest update from Cardiff Council, covering:new construction training hub for South East Wales launches in Cardiff;Cardiff's COVID-19 case and test numbers; vaccination totals for Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan;Cardiff Dogs Home partners with Rescue Hotel to create new, affordable vet practice; and a new international augmented reality experience comes to Wales.


New Construction Training Hub for South East Wales Launches in Cardiff

An exciting new facility, offering essential training and on-site construction experience to job seekers and construction diploma students across South East Wales, has opened.

The Onsite Construction Academy South East Wales has been established with industry funding from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Onsite Experience Commission. The project is a collaboration between local authorities, education and training providers and construction partners in the region.

Located on the former Eastern High siteoff Newport Road, Rumney - the largest development site in Cardiff Council's Cardiff Living house building partnership with Wates Residential, the new Construction Academy will help tackle the skills gap within the construction industry. 

More than 700 people seeking a career in construction from all parts of the community will be able to access site-based work placements and training over the three years and employment or apprenticeship opportunities will be made available to more than 200 people. Additionally, the Construction Academy will facilitate onsite experiences for over 700 construction diploma students to make them employment and site-ready before accessing construction job vacancies.

The initiative seeks to encourage many more people to consider construction as a career, including individuals from under-represented groups in the industry, such as women and individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The Construction Academy will facilitate numerous opportunities for trainees to gain appropriate onsite experience and become employment and site-ready. The Council and Wates Residential are building more than 200 new homes on the site over the next three years as part of a highly innovative, low carbon development.

Cabinet Member for Finance, Modernisation and Performance, Cllr Chris Weaver said: "The construction industry is currently experiencing a skills shortage across the board and there is a disconnect between higher education qualifications in construction-related disciplines and the level of site readiness students are gaining. We are extremely pleased to have this new facility in the region to address these issues and support individuals right across South East Wales to gain practical experience of this industry."

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Cardiff Cases and Tests - 7 Days Data (09 August - 15 August)

Based on latest figures from Public Health Wales


Data correct as of:

19 August 2021, 09:00


Cases: 649

Cases per 100,000 population: 176.9 (Wales: 226.1 cases per 100,000 population)

Testing episodes: 5,614

Testing per 100,000 population: 1,530.1

Positive proportion: 11.6% (Wales: 14.4% positive proportion)


Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Vaccination Status Update - 18 August

The total number of vaccination doses given by the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board so far, in both local authority areas:  697,252 (1stDose: 363,660 2ndDose: 333,592)


  • 80 and over: 20,677 / 94.6% (1stDose) 20,318 / 93% (2ndDose)
  • 75-79: 15,077 / 96.3% (1stDose) 14,872 / 95% (2ndDose)
  • 70-74: 21,462 / 95.7% (1stDose) 21,300 / 94.9% (2ndDose)
  • 65-69: 21,956 / 94.1% (1stDose) 21,660 / 92.9% (2ndDose)
  • 60-64: 26,017 / 92.2% (1stDose) 25,623 / 90.8% (2ndDose)
  • 55-59: 29,331 / 90.1% (1stDose) 28,740 / 88.3% (2ndDose)
  • 50-54: 28,976 / 87.7% (1stDose) 28,193 / 85.4% (2ndDose)
  • 40-49: 55,035 / 81.2% (1stDose) 52,601 / 77.6% (2ndDose)
  • 30-39: 59,761 / 74.6% (1stDose) 54,714 / 68.3% (2ndDose)
  • 18-29: 78,098 / 75.5% (1stDose) 66,366 / 64.1% (2ndDose)


  • Care home residents: 1,885 / 98.5% (1stDose) 1,856 / 97% (2ndDose)
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable: 11,312 / 93.9% (1stDose) 11,069 / 91.9% (2ndDose)
  • Underlying Health Conditions: 46,117 / 89.7% (1stDose) 44,238 / 86.1% (2ndDose)


Data provided by CAVUHB

Based on the figures available at the time of publication. Please note that there may be minor amendments to data as it is validated over time.


Cardiff Dogs Home partners with Rescue Hotel to create new, affordable vet practice

A new vet practice offering affordable care for dogs is set to open at Cardiff Dogs Home.

The Rescue Hotel Charity and charity ambassador, Sam Warburton, will officially launch the new Health Centre on Saturday 21st August.

The Rescue Hotel Health Centre sees Cardiff Dogs Home team up with the Rescue Hotel Charity, and vet Jamie Allen to deliver the new service.

The practice aims to keep prices affordable so people have an opportunity to get treatment for their dogs which they otherwise might not be able to have, and are pitched below mainstream vet practices.

Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment, Councillor Michael Michael, said: "I'm delighted to see this joint venture between Cardiff Dogs Home, The Rescue Hotel Charity and Jamie open up for Cardiff residents.

"Over the past 18 months we've seen an increase in pet ownership as we're spending more time at home, so it is more important than ever that dog owners have access to high quality and affordable services for their pets."

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New international Augmented Reality Experience comes to Wales

A team of creatives, including partners from Wales, launched ‘Fix Up The City' today - the first ever city-scale, immersive Augmented Reality (AR) experience based on the iconic duo Wallace & Gromit - which can be experienced in Cardiff, San Francisco and Bristol.

The new augmented adventure has been created by multi award®-winning animation studio, Aardman, and Fictioneers: which is a collaboration of partners including Newport-based Tiny Rebel Games, Potato (part of the AKQA network), and Sugar Creative.

The activity, funded by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), follows Fictioneers' successful launch of The Big Fix Up earlier this year. The project also received support from Welsh Government via Creative Wales. Creative Wales is a Welsh Government internal agency that supports the development of the fast-growing creative industry in Wales, focused on developing and promoting growth across the Screen, Digital, Music and Publishing sectors.

Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Peter Bradbury, said: "Cardiff's digital and creative sector is one of its strengths, and Cardiff Bay is one of the city's prime tourism destinations, making it the perfect location for what promises to be a fantastic experience for visitors from across the region, and beyond.

"The augmented reality technology behind this interactive adventure will transform the area into a family friendly story, full of twists and turns, acting as a real draw for visitors, and a boost for the city's economy as we continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic. There's a world-class team working on this project, and we're delighted to be chosen alongside Bristol and San Francisco, as one of only three city's worldwide to be hosting this unique event."

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