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The Llys Cadwyn development in Pontypridd is giving local people new opportunities in the construction industry – and Shermayne Young and Ashleigh Lloyd are examples of those given a route back into employment.

The Council’s contractor Willmott Dixon is delivering the major mixed-use development at the strategic former Taff Vale site – and the three buildings are ever-evolving. The scheme has benefitted from £10m funding from Welsh Government, including £7m from the European Regional Development Fund.

Alongside works on site, Willmott Dixon is engaging with the local community through a number of inclusion activities. This has included working over 1,800 pupils in 13 schools, through six STEM activities. More than 1,400 weeks of training have also been delivered – to apprentices, trainees, work experience candidates, the long-term unemployed and new entrants into the industry.

Llys Cadwyn has also presented full-time job opportunities among the project workforce – which currently includes around 160 people on site each day.

Shermayne Young, from Aberdare, is employed as a Gateswoman. Her life had quickly changed following the birth of her daughter and the breakdown of her marriage, meaning she couldn’t return to work. Willmott Dixon met Shermayne at a Women in Construction event before she joined Llys Cadwyn.

She said: “I am enjoying my time at Llys Cadwyn – the team is great and I am learning new skills. I am hoping to undertake some further training soon – a slinger signaller course, which should open up further opportunities for me.”

Ashleigh Lloyd, from Merthyr Tydfil, admits he fell into the wrong crowd after suffering a series of family tragedies. He was given the chance of a fresh start by Llys Cadwyn, where he is employed as a General Operative.

He said: “It has been great on the project so far. I am learning stuff every day – literally every day is something different. It’s been good to have this opportunity and I am grateful to have it.”

Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said: “It is a very exciting time for the Llys Cadwyn development in Pontypridd, with busy activity on site and the three buildings continuing to evolve in front of our eyes, day by day.

“However, the project is more than just the building on site, with contractor Willmott Dixon reaching out to many parts of the community by working with local schools and giving almost 1,500 weeks of training to date. The contractor also recently completed a legacy initiative to improve the bowls pavilion at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, which will be enjoyed for years to come.

“It is fantastic to hear from Shermayne and Ashleigh, who enjoy working at the Llys Cadwyn development. The Council’s project has given them an important chance to get back into full-time work and progress their careers."

Posted on Friday 16th August 2019

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