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Pathways to Construction Success

A three-week pilot scheme to support people into the work place has been hailed a success by Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills.

The Council’s Communities for Work Plus (C4W+) team ran the 3-week course, in partnership with Groundwork North Wales and Wynne Construction.

Project Manager, Libby Duo, said “Groundworks North Wales have successfully run similar courses in the region and we were keen to pilot this in Conwy.  And Wynne Construction were top of our list so that we could make the most of current Council construction projects; Wynne Construction is the main contractor on the Conwy Culture Centre, which is currently under construction.”

Nine young men from across the county signed up for the course, some of whom had experienced a number of barriers to employment and personal issues.

All nine completed the course and achieved their CSCS Green Operative Card Test, and each received four qualifications: First Aid at Work; IOSHH Managing Safely; Manual Handling; and COSHH. 

Cllr Garffild Lewis, Conwy’s Cabinet Member, presented the certificates at the end of the course. He said, “This is a remarkable achievement for everyone involved - to have full attendance and 100% success is extraordinary. I’d like to congratulate all the participants and I wish them well as they start on the next step of their working lives.”

In the New Year, Wynne Construction intend to find placements for some of the participants and Groundwork North Wales are in discussion with other local contractors to support the rest.  C4W+ will provide ongoing support with CVs, job applications and interview skills with the aim of ensuring they go into work.  

 

Communities for Work: http://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Council/Jobs-and-Careers/Help-Getting-Into-Work/Communities-for-Work/Communities-for-Work.aspx

Posted on 19/12/2018

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