Youth charity The Prince's Trust Cyrmu has joined forces with civil engineering giants Jones Bros to provide construction site skills and training for unemployed young people from across North Wales.
The Get into Construction course provides intensive training and experience and is designed to address the skills and experience gaps that prevent unemployed young people from getting into work.
During the three-week course, participants achieved red CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) and green CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards, recognised construction industry qualifications that prove that they have the basic skills needed to contribute to an active work site. They also undertook vocational experience with construction companies across North Wales. They were Jones Bros, Dave Cottle Civil Engineering Ltd, B&M Building and Joinery Contractors, Coatech Ltd, K&C Group, Wynne Construction and Anwyl Construction.
Participants on the course celebrated their achievements at a graduation ceremony at the Ruthin Castle Hotel, where presentations were made by Jones Bros' Chairman Huw Jones. Pictured are Val White and Alison Hourihane from Wynne Construction with Bradley Sparrow.
Bradley was offered his work placement with Wynne Construction and worked on our Post 16 Education Centre site in Deeside with our site manager Matthew Edwards.
Dave Gibson, Jones Bros' health, safety, environment, quality and training manager, said: "The Prince's Trust looks to give young people an advantage in the work place, and this scheme is designed to help and encourage the participants to start a career in the construction industry.
"By training for their CPCS and CSCS cards, they have the basic skills needed to work as dumper truck operatives and labourers on construction sites across the UK.
Lesley Kirkpatrick, Director for The Prince's Trust Cyrmu said, "At The Prince's Trust, we know young people have the determination to find jobs, but often lack the confidence and opportunities to do so. Get into programmes enable young people to demonstrate to a prospective employer just how motivated they are to get into work and the support from companies such as Jones Bros is invaluable to making this happen."
Youth charity The Prince's Trust helps disadvantaged young people gain the confidence and skills to find work. It supports 13 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school or at risk of exclusion through practical and financial support. Three out of four young people helped by the charity move into work, education or training.