Our Wales team welcomed companies and Friends of the Trust to help support initiatives that are being developed to support young people into careers in construction at a recent Networking Event. The event was sponsored by Cintec International and held at Parc Golf Club in Newport Gwent.
The day was a chance for friends and supporters of the Trust based in Wales to find out more about its recent work supporting young disadvantaged people in to construction and to hear from key industry figures. The day opened with a speech from Trustee Andy Wates, who spoke about the charity’s commitment to embracing Wales’ disadvantaged young people and supporting them towards a meaningful and happy life. Director of CITB Wyn Prichard discussed how the industry and CITB are ensuring opportunities and money are staying in Wales and bringing real benefits to the people here.
Rachel Moxey of So Savi, who runs Y Prentis the Shared Apprenticeship construction scheme in South East Wales, described the journey her young people are going through and the work her company puts in to ensuring the economic problems of Wales are having as little impact on young people as possible. Peter James from Cintec International spoke about the exciting international engineering work his company is undertaking and his commitment to the Trust’s work. He discussed the importance of communicating the real benefits of a construction career to Wales’ young people.
The event ended with a speech from Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Ken Skates AM who talked about the latest initiatives that are being rolled out to support young people, including the exciting new project Symud Ymlaen/Moving Forward, which supports Wales’ most vulnerable teenagers and which the Trust is delighted to be a part of. The event brought industry heads together and new projects are already growing out of it, including an exciting new potential initiative between the Trust Cymru, So Savi and Chwarae Teg. We are making an extra focus on celebrating and promoting women in the sector in 2014.