Seven young Blaenau Gwent residents have recently taken part in a filmed project designed to help them develop new skills and enter into employment in the construction industry.
Funded by Tai Calon Housing Association, Blaenau Gwent's largest provider of social housing, participants from the Bryn Farm estate in Brynmawr took part in construction taster sessions delivered by Construction Youth Trust.
Significant work has been undertaken in the Bryn Farm estate to address social inclusion in response to a high level of antisocial behaviour. The taster sessions were held every Thursday over the course of six weeks at Tai Calon's headquarters where participants, all of whom were not in education, employment or training, were able to build stepping stones towards a sustainable future. Sessions covering a variety of trades were delivered including plumbing, tiling, DIY and carpentry which gave the participants a tangible insight into the construction industry.
All of the participants expressed positive feedback with Jamie Griffiths commenting:
"Building Bridges has really helped me get away from trouble on the estate, its proper tidy I've learnt loads of new skills and I feel like I can get a job now because they have helped me understand how to prepare for an interview."
Anna Norris added:
"I can now fix my house instead of relying on others to help me."
The project was highly successful and as a result, future funding has been applied for to roll the project out across the Tredegar and Ebbw Vale areas.