Council builds futures through major housing investment
Local jobseekers have been given a career kick-start with national developer, Wates Residential, as part of Flintshire County Council’s programme to build 500 brand new homes across the county.
The training initiative saw 11 local people take part in Wates’ national Building Futures programme last year, marking the 1,000th enrolment to the intensive two-week training course.
Candidates were recruited through Communities First and the Welsh Government’s LIFT programme which works with people who face the greatest barriers to becoming employable and have been out of work for six months or more.
A further 12 candidates took part in the initiative this year with full support from the Communities First team, 92% completed the two week programme and eight have successfully found work.
Hosted at Deeside Leisure Centre, the training programme comprised construction skills trade sessions, including carpentry, plumbing and tiling, as well as CV and interview workshops with Wates Residential and its supply chain partners. Each candidate also received a certificate at an award ceremony at Flint Town Council Chamber.