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A local girl has been given a permanent job following her apprenticeship at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.

Alisha Davies, aged 19 from Porth joined the Council’s Streetcare Enforcement Team as an apprentice, on the Council’s award-winning Apprenticeship Scheme in October 2017 and thanks to her hard work and dedication has now become a permanent and valued member of the team. 

Since 2017 over 120 apprentices and graduates have been appointed by the Council, providing employment vital opportunities to local residents.  

Alisha, who is passionate about the environment, was attracted to the role as she wanted to make a difference locally, in the County Borough where she grew up and still lives. While the role of an Enforcement Officer may not be an easy one, it definitely means you can help tackle some environmental issues head on and hold those responsible to account. As a responsible dog owner herself, one of Alisha’s biggest pet hates is dog fouling.

The Council’s dedicated Enforcement Team carry out daily checks and enforce the Council’s rules on all environmental issues, including littering, dog fouling, flyposting, fly-tipping, graffiti, cigarette related waste and general waste issues throughout the County Borough. This is to ensure that Rhondda Cynon Taf will be a clean, green and safe community for everyone to live, work and visit. The team also raise awareness of key issues and work with local residents to ensure they have all the tools they need to recycle.

Alisha, has recently been working with students at The University of South Wales, Treforest Campus to educate them about the importance of recycling in RCT, making sure they know the do’s and don’ts and ensuring that they are all kitted out to recycle during their time in the County Borough. 

Alisha patrols the Treforest area daily, knocking doors and speaking with residents regarding their waste. Making sure that they know when their correct collection days are and letting them know what can and can’t be recycled. Residents are also given handy collection day calendars, recycling bags and information leaflets about recycling.

Alisha also visits the university halls to speak to all students about their waste – explaining to them if they are doing anything wrong and how to improve. Students are then given the tools they need to recycle and have an understanding on how it works when they leave the halls to live out in the Treforest community.

Alisha, said: “I’m really grateful that I was given the opportunity to join the team permanently. My time as an apprentice was invaluable and I have learned a number of key skills and gained an NVQ Level 2 in Customer Services. I’m now working towards a Waste Management Course to further increase my knowledge.

“I love the fact that every day is different and I get to make a difference at the same time. This month, to celebrate, I treated myself to a trip away with the girls – the hard work seems to be literally paying off in more ways than one!”

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “Congratulations to Alisha on obtaining a permanent position on the Council’s Enforcement Team – It’s great to see that the Apprentice Scheme is helping local young people to secure long term employment.

“The Streetcare Enforcement Team have already secured an impressive reputation and I’m sure Alisha will continue to be a welcome addition to their dedicated team.

“The team help to deal effectively with the environmental offences that continue to blight our beautiful open spaces.

“They regularly patrol the County Borough on foot and in vehicles to deal with issues as they arise, such as littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping.

“The team also visit schools, community groups and residents to raise awareness of key environmental issues and offer help and advice on arranging litter picks, recycling do’s and don’ts and lots more.”

Councillor Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Council Business, added: “Our award-winning apprenticeship and graduate schemes continue to make a tangible difference for young people across the County Borough.

“Since the start of this Council term, 30 apprentices and 15 graduates have already benefitted from their respective paid, two year programmes and this forms part of the wider total of 217 apprentices and 58 graduates to have received employment with the Council since 2012.

“I’d like to congratulate Alisha and all of our successful employees on securing further, permanent employment within the Council – I have certainly received excellent feedback from across the Service areas and I look forward to seeing you continuing to make an impact and deliver services that our residents can benefit from.”

The Council boasts a number of Enforcement Officers who are out and about every day, across the County Borough investigating environmental issues and are ready to challenge those who blight our beautiful towns and villages by littering, fly-tipping or allowing their dogs to foul in public places. If you’re caught, the Council will take action and you could face, at least a £100 fine (Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)) and in some cases a criminal record.

All the revenue generated from the FPNs are invested back into frontline services, to further improve our County Borough and respond to the priority issues our residents have identified.

For more information or to report an environmental issue visit https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/StreetCareandCleaning/StreetCareandCleaning.aspx.

For more information on the Council’s Apprenticeship Scheme and Graduate Programme visit https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/JobsandTraining/EetVideos/ApprenticeshipandGraduatescheme.aspx

Posted on Tuesday 5th November 2019

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