Apprenticeship success for Swansea locals

Two young people from Swansea have secured apprenticeships with Swansea Council after completing one of our Mobile Classroom courses.

Throughout the 9-week course students learned skills in carpentry, basic plumbing, bricklaying and tiling as well as health and safety training and sessions on CV writing. Representatives from CITB a national training organisation for construction in the UK also provided careers advice sessions for participants for all 3 of the courses funded by Swansea Council. The trainees were particularly successful in securing further training or education.

One of the trainees, Luke Cardone 17, will be starting a Plumbing apprenticeship and Brychan Davies (picture), 19 will be beginning a Carpentry apprenticeship in September. Both trainees attended the Penlan course at Penlan Community Centre in April 2013. Luke who had recently left education when he began the course commented: “Securing this apprenticeship is really important to me, it is something I have always wanted to do. I am really excited to learn new skills.” Brychan who had been unemployed for 6 months before contacting the Trust said: “The continued long-term support was really important to me, Construction Youth Trust really care and continued to support me after I completed the course – this really helped me prepare me for the interview. I am really looking forward to training and progressing as a carpenter, I am excited that I will be learning a trade.”

Of the 24 young people who completed the 3 courses run in partnership with Swansea Council, 10 have so far secured employment or apprenticeships including Brychan and Luke. We are extremely delighted with the success of these courses and Helen Devitt Wales Manager commented: “Swansea council are lucky to have recruited two such intelligent and hardworking young men and we are delighted to be wishing them every success.

The business benefits that a diverse workforce bring about cannot be underestimated and we look to the rest of Wales’ Councils to follow where Swansea have led.” Cllr Mitch Theaker, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Opportunities for Young People commented: “Congratulations to Brychan, Luke and all the other young people who’ve secured employment or apprenticeships thanks to this innovative scheme. Learning vital skills like carpentry and plumbing will stand them in good stead for the rest of their working lives.” Cllr Ryland Doyle, Cabinet Member for Target Areas, said: “It’s enormously satisfying to see our close partnership work with Construction Youth Trust is having real results for local young people in our some of our more disadvantaged communities. “It’s schemes of this nature that are opening up opportunities for traditionally hard to reach groups.”

Martin Nicholls, Chief Operating Officer at Swansea Council added: “With nearly 700 applications for our apprentice intake this year, Brychan and Luke have done exceptionally well to secure one of the 17 apprentice positions. “The pilot scheme certainly has been a success and we will be looking to extend it with Construction Youth Trust across all of our target areas for next years intake to maximise the visibility and accessibility to our very successful apprentice programme which has now resulted in over 140 new apprentices since the scheme’s inception a few years ago”

To find out more about the courses funded by Swansea Council or the Mobile Classroom contact the Wales office on wales@constructionyouth.org.uk or call 029 2081 3098.