In a partnership with Cadwyn Housing, The Princes Trust and Dawnus, we worked with young unemployed people in Cardiff as part of a return to work project.
We worked with a group of young unemployed people of various ability levels offering a practical training programme including skills experience with trained staff and the opportunity to take an industry CSCS card. The six week preparation programme took place in and around Cardiff and lead up to the refurbishment of the outdoor space of Splott Library, a key community venue in a deprived area.
One of our team engaged with the trainees in a mentoring role. The trainees were treated as if it was real site conditions; they received a site safety induction at the outset, signed into the daily sign in book and were expected to adhere to site hours and health and safety controls.
In a whole variety of ways, the trainees gained a real site experience; they took deliveries from suppliers, worked to overcome problems, demonstrated team work and also had the chance to address questions about the industry to the site manager and his support team.
At the end of the refurbishment, the group was rewarded with their Celebration Event attended by all completers of the course along with representatives of the participating organisations. As a key outcome, three of the trainees received offers of training and employment.
We have been pleased to support these quality programmes with well-established partners which generate dual outcomes in the employment opportunities and regeneration stakes. Over the years, the scheme has provided training experience for over 45 young people, with six trainees gaining full time work within the company.