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Cardiff brickies training on major regeneration project

Trainee bricklayers in Cardiff are being given the opportunity to learn their trades on-site at a major regeneration project in the town.

The revamp of Christina Street in the Butetown area is being carried out by council-appointed civil engineering company, Alun Griffiths Ltd, and the company is determined to get the tradesmen of tomorrow involved.

Many youngsters, all of whom are currently studying for qualifications in bricklaying, are being given two-week work experience placements on the project, working alongside experienced bricklayers to put their skills into action in a professional context.

Cardiff Council’s Cabinet member for communities and housing, Lynda Thorne, lauded the partnership between businesses and educational institutions, stating that it benefited everyone involved.

“Our administration is committed to maximising training and employment opportunities for the people of Cardiff. Christina Street is a practical example of how our regeneration programmes are delivering on this commitment,” she said. “I am very pleased that Alun Griffiths has provided these work experience placements. Such opportunities can be an essential first step for young people looking for secure employment in a skilled occupation.”

Kevin Robinson, who is overseeing the training of the young brickies, stated, “[The on-site experience] has improved their confidence but also helped them to develop the speed of their bricklaying.”