Community Foundation in Wales' (CFIW) Cardiff Community Endowment Fund has awarded a grant to Construction Youth Trust in order to deliver construction-related skills training and careers advice to disengaged young people in inner-city Cardiff.
The Foundation funding will enable the Trust to offer two community groups the opportunity to each receive a free day of construction-skills training. The project will enthuse and engage young people about the wealth of opportunities available in the construction industry by delivering practical taster sessions in construction-related skills, as well as giving careers advice.
The day will involve a Construction Youth Trust trainer visiting the Jasmine Centre, bringing with them all tools and materials required to deliver construction training sessions for eight of Ely's young residents.
The morning will start with a health and safety briefing followed by a session in plumbing, where participants will learn how to solve common plumbing issues. The afternoon session will cover carpentry including making bird boxes and a wooden bench that will be donated to a local good cause or public space at the end of the project.
All participants will be presented with a certificate on completion of the course and a toolkit to encourage and facilitate their progression into the construction industry. Construction Youth Trust will maintain contact with all participants and link with local industry employers and training institutions to secure progression routes into the industry.
The project aims to engage with those furthest from the workplace, many of whom are third generation unemployed. It is hoped that by breaking the cycle of unemployment through up-skilling and raising awareness of work-related opportunities, the course will not only to be of benefit to individuals, but to families and the wider community.
Providing the opportunity for young people to donate items made during the training to a local good cause also aims to facilitate good inter-generational relationships and provide a sense of responsibility for, and inclusivity in, the local community.
The Trust runs several projects in South Wales including the popular mobile construction classroom, funded by the Big Lottery. The classroom travels into the heart of local communities where qualified and experienced trainers then deliver basic construction and employability skills training to young people aged 14-30.