Investing in young people brings fresh ideas and enthusiasm to a diverse workforce. It provides an opportunity for growth, ensuring skills are consistently transferred from generation to generation.
The creation of job opportunities is crucial to support this investment. Over its lifetime, Plasdŵr will create over 5,000 jobs, including apprenticeships and training roles for young people.
Spanning sectors such as sales and construction, here are some of the apprentices who have become an integral part of the development of the garden city.
Each of Redrow’s three developments has apprentices on site. 19-year-old electrical apprentice, Evan, is working on the most recent at Cwrt Sant Ioan.
He said: “I really enjoy working with Redrow at Plasdŵr. I’ve always known I wanted to work in construction, and my apprenticeship has given me the chance to earn and learn hand in hand. As an apprentice electrician, I love practical learning and the hands-on nature of the job, which will eventually allow me to specialise in the field.
“I’m in my second year of training and I’ve worked on site at Cwrt Sant Ioan since the start. We’ve now almost finished the first phase and it’s great to see how the development has grown. Knowing I’ve played a part in building a new community, which eventually will have up to 7,000 homes, is really rewarding.”
With ‘Phase 1’ almost complete, ‘Phase 2’ of Cwrt Sant Ioan will soon be underway offering new three and four-bedroom homes in the Groeswen neighbourhood.
Cameron is one of 10 apprentice engineers at Bellway’s Rhiwlas development, which will provide 120 new homes at Plasdŵr.
He said: “My apprenticeship gives me the chance to learn on the job and earn a wage at the same time. I work at Rhiwlas four days a week and go to college on the other day. The skills I’ve already developed working on one of Wales’ largest developments will put me in good stead to continue my career in the construction industry.”
Bellway is currently building two-, three- and four-bedroom houses within the garden city, with a variety of properties to suit a range of needs.
Having recently joined Redrow as a sales apprentice, Molly is following in her mum, Emma’s footsteps in the property industry.
Molly’s training has included time at Plasdŵr’s Parc Plymouth development where she has been helping to welcome new and existing residents to the Plasdŵr community.
Molly said: “I’ve always loved to hear about my mum’s job as I’ve grown up. I’ve got a natural passion for houses and for people. I’m really enjoying getting to learn about the sales processes and spending time helping customers.”
Over the next 20+ years, Cardiff is projected to grow faster than any other UK city apart from London. Growth brings new opportunities, and these apprentices are already play a fundamental role in assisting the progression of the garden city.