Posted 03.11.2020

Two local residents secure full time employment thanks to housing development

In partnership with Llandrindod Wells Job Centre Plus, J.G Hale Construction hosted two eight-week work experience placements, who have now gone on to secure full time employment on the site of a Newydd Housing Association development located on Ithon Road.

Debbie Owens, the Job Centre Plus work coach involved in placing claimants with the placement said, “The placement has benefited our participants as it has helped them make decision that the role and industry was right for them and that this is where they see themselves in the future. It has also ensured we minimise the gaps on their CV as this shows they are pro-active even when their most recent job ended. It has also allowed our participants to showcase their skills that otherwise they may not have been able to demonstrate on application forms or CVs.”

Shannon Maidment, Community Regeneration Coordinator at Newydd said, “We’re pleased to offer training and employment opportunities through our contracts to local people by working in partnership. It’s important that we support our new and existing communities.”

Sean, one of the participants said, “I am impressed with how quickly my placement has turned into a full-time job; it has helped me build my confidence.” 

The partnership is continuing to provide essential skills and experience, with the next cohort of Llandrindod Wells Job Centre Plus customers starting on site with J.G. Hale Construction in the coming months. 

Andrew Collins, Contracts Manager at J.G. Hale Construction said, ““Providing training opportunities and by virtue giving something back to the communities we work within is something we at JG Hale construction highly value, it’s an ideal opportunity to give experience to hopefully the next generation of our quality tradespersons. We have already converted these training opportunities to a number of full-time employments and look to continue this as well as our excellent working partnerships with both Newydd and indeed JCP, long may both continue.”

Work on the £8.3 million development on Ithon Road began in November 2019 after planning permission was permitted in March of the same year. Newydd employed J.G. Hale Construction to build a mixture of two and three bedroom houses, bungalows, and one bedroom flats for rent as well as properties for sale through the Welsh Government Rent to Own Wales scheme.

Photo: From left to right, Andrew Claridge from J.G Hale Construction, Sean; one of the scheme participants and Shannon Maidment from Newydd Housing Association.

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