Award-winning housebuilder Lovell Homes will be attending the Ely and Caerau Festival this Saturday 8 July to tell its young audience about the opportunities available at one of the largest regeneration schemes in Wales, The Mill, which is bringing 800 new homes to the former Arjo Wiggins paper mill site to west of Cardiff.
Lovell is providing 358 private sale properties for the site, working with Tirion Group which is building 442 homes for rent, to be managed by Cadwyn Housing Association. The housebuilder is looking to find 10 recruits at training and apprenticeship level for this year and 50 across the lifetime of the project. The partners will be handing out details of job opportunities at the festival – which takes place at the Western Leisure Centre field, Caerau Lane, Ely, CF5 5HJ from 12.00noon to 5.00pm –with team members there to talk to those interested in the construction career opportunities available.
“Investing in the local community, including bringing new jobs and training for local people is at the heart of the work we are doing in Canton,” says Lovell regional training advisor Darryl Williams. “Alongside the homes being created at the former paper mill, we’re committed to extending the positive impact throughout the area. Our extremely active community engagement programme stretches from activities with local school students and support for local events and charities to helping local unemployed people gain valuable construction experience and qualifications.”
Already delivered on the site is a three-week course for the Prince’s Trust Get into Construction programme, with 16 unemployed young people aged between 18 and 25 learning skills, and earning a health and safety qualification and a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card, the latter an essential qualification for working in the construction industry.
So far, one of these early trainees has gone on to gain a trade apprenticeship with Lovell and three others have been employed by Lovell’s supply chain partners. Starting soon is a work placement scheme for local unemployed people at The Mill in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and Lovell’s supply chain.
To date, Lovell has worked closely with local schools such as Ysgol Treganna, where pupils have been set a project to name one of the new development’s streets, and Fitzalan High School, where the Lovell house construction challenge was set for students.