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Workways - Success of 6ix

Workways - Success of 6ix

Six people from Neath Port Talbot have been given the opportunity to experience six months employment within six different construction based organisations.

The EU funded Workways project has arranged Temporary Job Opportunities at construction companies where candidates will experience a range of work with each organisation. Skills covered include solar panel installations, electrical installations, building maintenance, brickwork and plastering.

Working with 6ix Consulting, the Workways team has been advising local employers Andrew Scott, Jistcourt, Hale Construction, AS Wellington, Contract Services and Service Total Group on the benefits of recruiting from projects supporting unemployed people.

Before starting with the first employer everybody attended training sessions on Health and Safety in the Workplace, Working at Heights, Emergency First Aid and Team Building. Newly qualified CSkills Construction Ambassadors Dawn Hedden (Jistcourt) and Darren Westermark (Contract Services), together with Anthony Thomas (AS Wellington), Peter Morse (Service Total) and Richard Jenkins, Director FMB Wales, attended the sessions to give an insight into their work, opportunities within the construction sector and what the candidates can expect to be doing.

It is hoped that this initiative will lead to full time jobs for the six people as they will have gained a range of skills and experience in the construction sector.

Tim Rendell from Pontardawe is one Workways participant to benefit from this opportunity. Tim, currently with Hale Construction said: “It’s going really well and I’m constantly learning as there are new challenges daily. This initiative will give me the opportunity to impress different employers and find a role to which I’m most suited.”

Leader of the Council, Councillor A.H. Thomas

Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Ali Thomas (pictured above) said, “This is an excellent opportunity for local people to get involved in the construction industry, which is an important sector of activity within the County Borough area.  The partnerships developed through this will benefit all concerned and will hopefully lead to similar opportunities for more people through our Workways project in the future.”

Richard Donnelly, Director at 6ix Consulting Ltd states: “Promoted by the Federation of Master Builders in Wales and supported by Construction Skills, the local employers in the group are looking to deliver sustainable collaborative initiatives in the Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot areas. The Workways team quickly identified strong and enthusiastic participants in the local area. Without this form of support and the flexibility of the team this sort of initiative would have been simply impossible.”

The South West Workways project has been made possible by the EU’s Convergence European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.