Labour AM Jeff Cuthbert has attended an open day at a local training provider that specialises in improving construction skills.
Jeff visited an open day at Construction Skills Training, based at Crossways Park, Caerphilly, which was held to showcase its work with the community, including examples of new businesses that have been set up as a result of training.
The company provides training to individuals, organisations and businesses, helping to develop core skills, from DIY to more advanced construction training.
A significant proportion of the company’s work is with those that have been made redundant and it works closely with individuals to enhance existing skills that can be used for career change or improvement. The organisation also works with schools to provide vocational training opportunities and introduce young people to employment in construction related sectors.
During the day, Jeff learnt how to solder a pipe as well as meeting John Welsh who has successfully started his own property maintenance business, Total Solutions LTD, since undertaking the company’s multi-craft construction course.
Jeff also observed a building demonstration from Jake Smith, a pupil at Priory Talocher School near Monmouth, who at just 15-years-old is spending three days a week at the centre learning essential skills to kick-start his dream of becoming a builder.
Local organisations exhibiting at the event included charity Coalfield Regeneration Trust, Jobcentre, Plus Communities First and DIY retailing company B&Q.
Hundreds of learners who have undertaken courses at the centre have been employed into construction related jobs, and many graduates have set up their own businesses.
Jeff Cuthbert AM said:
“In the current economic climate, skills really do count, and now more than ever, those who have invested in training stand out. The courses offered by Construction Skills Training develop skills for life, whether trainees are still at school or have just been made redundant. This is a great reminder of why improving skills is important at any stage in a person’s life.
“A skilled workforce significantly contributes to economic growth by boosting productivity, and this is a great example of how training and development not only helps individuals but can also provide an important boost to the local area.”