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Construction opportunity for young people in Conwy

18th May 2017

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Youth charity The Prince’s Trust has partnered with Conwy County Borough Council, Bowmer & Kirkland and Muse Developments to help local unemployed young people explore a career in the construction industry.


The organisations have teamed up to run a course called Get into Construction, which provides training and experience to help unemployed young people get into work. Young people aged 18-24 are being encouraged to apply for the programme, which is free of charge. Over three weeks, trainees will learn new skills and gain qualifications, including a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card. They will also support the development of the Coed Pella project, the new Council offices in Colwyn Bay. Phil Jones, Director for The Prince’s Trust Cymru, said, “We are looking to significantly increase our provision for young people in North Wales. Building new partnerships is crucial to our growth plans, and this programme is a great example of collaboration across different sectors.”

Bleddyn Evans, County Valuer & Estates Manager, Conwy County Borough Council said, “Once completed, the Coed Pella offices will provide an iconic building and contribute to the Council’s efforts to regenerate Colwyn Bay town centre. Get into Construction is an excellent collaboration between the public, private and voluntary sector that will add great value during the construction of the building; providing a significant additional benefit and a legacy for young people of the area.  I think this could provide a model for future collaborations.”

Phil Marsden, project manager for Muse Developments, said: “The Coed Pella office development is extremely important for Colwyn Bay and the surrounding area. It will provide the Council with new, energy-efficient office accommodation and transform the local landscape. We are delighted to be working with The Prince’s Trust to allow young people to benefit from the project by gaining work experience on a live construction site and learning valuable new skills.”

A taster day for the course will take place on 31st May in Colwyn Bay and young people interested in taking part should call 0800 842 842 or email Philippa.davies@princes-trust.org.uk

The course is supported by the European Social Fund through WCVA’s Active Inclusion Fund.

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About The Prince’s Trust

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity has supported 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion for over 40 years.

Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.

Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.

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