Jehu Group have teamed up with Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA) and Cardiff Council to give Llanedeyrn a much-needed regeneration scheme. The old Maelfa shopping centre had become very much dated, so it was decided now is time for change.
The new development will consist of:
9 retail units – based on the ground floor
20 x 1 bed apartments – based across 1st and second floor
16 x 2 bed apartments – based across 1st and second floor
4 studio apartments – based across 1st and second floor
Solar panels for apartments
16 houses with off road parking and garden space (front and rear)
Central car park including designated disabled parking spaces
Over the past 12 months Jehu Group and CCHA have been working closely together to implement a robust Targeted Recruitment and Training Plan. This plan sets out Jehu Group’s commitment to local employment, apprenticeships, training and work placements.
To date the Maelfa development scheme has employed the following:
Ieuan Humphreys – Plasterer
Calum Powell – Plasterer
Anthony Stevens – Carpenter
Nathan Jenkins – Bricklayer
Lee McDonald – Scaffolder
Daniel Martin – Labourer
Craig Ullah – Bricklayer
Daniel Martin, 27, lives opposite the development site and was employed initially as a labourer via an agency for 12 weeks. Daniel who is a plumber by trade made such an impression on the team that Jehu offered him a full-time position.
Daniel manages much of the maintenance on site, fire alarms and site safety. Daniel works on many semi-skilled jobs and is usually first on site in the morning and last off.
Daniel commented: “I’m really enjoying working at Jehu, I like that there is opportunity to progress within the company. I really enjoy the challenge, doing something new every day. Jehu is one of the best companies I’ve worked for.”
Vince Alm, Contracts Manager at Jehu commented: “Daniel has been a real find for Jehu, hard working and conscientious. It is good to give people an opportunity to show what they can do and it’s rewarding that he has taken this opportunity and become a key member of the Jehu team. The construction industry has shortages of skills at all levels, so it is pleasing that there is still local labour like Daniel who can make a difference when given an opportunity.”
Natalie Pillinger, Communities & Regeneration Co-ordinator said: “We are very pleased with this outcome for Daniel and wish him good luck for the future. CCHA is proud to support opportunities for people to gain experience, training, skills and employment on our developments, especially from within the local community. Well done Daniel and thank you Jehu.”