Deputy Minister for Regeneration Leighton Andrews AM Launches Construction in Communities Programme

The Construction Youth Trust and Penrhys Partnership welcomed Deputy Minister for Regeneration Leighton Andrews AM to launch the Construction in Communities - Mobile Classroom in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The Launch took place on Friday 10th October at the Canolfan Rhys Arts and Education Centre, Penrhys. We were delighted that both Leighton Andrews AM and Councillor Robert Smith was present at the event.

The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The new mobile classroom was present and the young people demonstrated a taster session in plumbing to the 100 people from both the local community and the construction industry who attended the launch.

The young people who had taken part in the Summet Skillz programme were presented with certificates and two of the girls who had worked extremely hard over the summer were presented with tool boxes.

The Deputy Minister reiterated the need for such initiatives in communities such as Penrhys especially with the programme for the Welsh Housing Quality Standards taking place in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Christine Townley – Director of the Construction Youth Trust said “Since July 2008 over 170 young people have benefited from the programme through attending taster sessions and receiving individual advice and support.  As a result of the work we are doing with our partners from both the local community and the industry we believe that the programme can make a lasting difference to the lives of young people from the  communities in which we work. “

The Construction Youth Trust is committed to removing barriers and bridging the gap between communities and employers to enable local young people to maximise the benefits available to them as a result of the massive regeneration projects happening throughout Wales.

The project aims to assist young people from deprived communities in South Wales to access introductory training and awareness of construction and encourage them to progress into training and employment in the industry.