Young people of Bettws give local community centre new lease of life

Construction Youth Trust has begun a new project in partnership with ConstructionSkills called 'Warm Welcome' in Bettws, South Wales.

The two part programme involves 20 young people, who aren’t in education, employment or training, taking part in a refurbishment project of the Bettws Civil Service Club in Newport.  The team plan to improve the exterior of the rundown property by removing damaged cladding, re-rendering and repainting among other things.

After the course, each participant will come away with new construction related skills such as rendering, plastering, cladding, assembling scaffolding, and painting and decorating.  They will also take part in health and safety training with the opportunity to take a test to gain their CSCS card, something that will enable them to work on a construction site in the future.  Each participant will achieve an OCN level 1 qualification on completion of the course as part of their pre-apprenticeship training.

The work is part of Construction Youth Trust’s Real Projects programme to help disadvantaged young people gain real work experience in a safe environment. Both the young people and the community are able to enjoy the results of the work and see how it benefits them and their community.  Projects like these are designed to enhance the young participants’ construction knowledge and skills set and at the same time increase confidence and raise their aspirations, equipping them with the tools to move on to further education or employment.