Welsh Government investment in the regeneration of Newport has provided valuable training opportunities and quality housing for local people, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, said today.
The Minister visited the Pillgwenlly Millennium Centre which has been transformed into a successful employment and training hub, backed with £258,000 through the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Programme.
Renovation work has included creating a modern learning zone and IT suite, as well as upgrading the front of house areas and catering facilities. As part of the ambitious project the existing Pillgwenlly Millennium Trust social enterprise was also developed to provide high-quality employment and training opportunities for residents and support for local start-up businesses.
Since it opened in April 2015, the successful Centre has already helped 46 people into employment and 62 people gain qualifications.
The Minister went on to visit 62-66 Cardiff Road, Newport – a prominent historic building which had fallen into disrepair. With support of over £890,000 from the Welsh Government, the building has been transformed by the Seren Group into 15 high quality affordable homes, made up from 12 one bedroom apartments and 3 two bedroom apartments.