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Apprentices Build Skills on Port Talbot VVP Construction Site

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Apprentices Build Skills on VVP Construction Site

Construction of high quality affordable homes at Port Talbot’s Green Park site is well underway, providing valuable work experience to local youngsters.

Coastal Housing is offering training and employment opportunities during the construction of 34 new homes including houses, bungalows and flats in close proximity to the town centre.

aNeath Port Talbot Council secured £10.1 million funding from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme to undertake a number of Regeneration projects in the town centre, working alongside key partners.

The housing development at Green Park is one of eleven projects in Port Talbot’s Regeneration Programme which will see over £30m invested in and around the town over the next few years. The aim of the programme is to create more diversified areas that encourage people to live and work in town centres, and not focus solely on its retail provision. The Green Park project has also benefitted from significant support through the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant scheme.

One of the key outcomes for the programme is to provide additional training and employment opportunities for local people on construction projects such as this one.

Ashley Hopkins, 20, has been supported through the joint apprenticeship scheme supported by Coastal through training provider Cyfle, which means he will be guaranteed a job on another Coastal development once Green Park is complete.

“Without the Cyfle scheme and all the work in Neath and Port Talbot I don’t know if I’d get an apprenticeship or if it would last. This way I know I’ll get to the end of my apprenticeship and on sites where I live.”

Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr. Ali Thomas OBE said:

“Creating local job opportunities is one of our key priorities and it is vital that we make the most of investment and construction projects such as this one.”

“I am delighted to see that Coastal and their contractor are working with us to provide training and employment opportunities to benefit local businesses and youngsters such as Ashley”

Clare Watkins, Employability and Skills Manager at Coastal Housing said:

“In addition to providing quality homes for people in Port Talbot, the Green Park development has offered training and employment opportunities to local apprentices and contractors.”

“We’re committed to ensuring that local people continually benefit from Coastal developments, whether that’s through employment or new affordable homes.”

“The VVP funding programme is set to bring an exciting range of regeneration projects to Port Talbot, and Coastal are thrilled to be part of the ongoing developments.”

During its lifetime, the Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme is expected to create local employment, apprenticeships, training and work experience placements as well as contract opportunities for small to medium Welsh companies.