ION Developments in partnership with Denbighshire County Council are committed to supporting the long-term unemployed and those who are looking for opportunities to gain new employment.
The refurbishment of Rhyl’s Pavilion, as part of the Waterfront Development, was an ideal project to work with the Job Centre to offer work placements and give talks and mock interviews to candidates on the Work Experience programme.
Wynne Construction delivered a workshop at the Job Centre for CSCS card training and advice and offered mock interviews to the candidates who attended the course. Further to this, two work placements at the Rhyl Pavilion project were offered to encourage return to work and offer experience on a construction site.
Brian Edwards took up the offer for a work placement, which was an un-paid, voluntary position as a site operative. The work placement was successful and Brian was offered a temporary full-time position with Wynne Construction for the duration of the Rhyl project.
Wynne Construction site manager Mark Wilson said: “I saw Brian had potential. He is a good lad and keen to learn. Brian proved himself keen to work and carry out the job to the best of his ability. He asked questions if he wasn’t sure. He was relatively new to construction sites, but had a good attitude to health and safety. It was clear that his work experience had been beneficial to Brian, and we valued his input into the on-going project so much that we offered him a contract to see the project through.”
Brian was transferred to another Wynne Construction site in Ruthin, having bought a car and will be returning to work in Rhyl for the second phase of the project.
Wendy Harrison from Rhyl JobCentre said: “We are delighted that we helped to facilitate this opportunity for Brian. Brian has worked closely for many months with Jean from the Communities for Work Project to help him advance into work. Brian’s dedication shone through and the results speak for themselves!”
With the success of the recruitment process for Rhyl, Wynne Construction offered the same opportunities on the next Denbighshire project in Ruthin, building two new schools for the town on one site.
Alistair Paul, having previously earned a living as a temporary worker placed by employment agencies was looking for a more permanent position and particularly hoping to work in construction. After the two-week placement, with help from Rhyl JobCentre, Alistair was offered a temporary full-time position for the duration of the project.
Rob Howarth, his work coach at Rhyl JobCentre, notified Alistair about the voluntary placement. In conjunction with Communities First, Rob helped Alistair apply for a CSCS card, required to work on construction sites.
Alistair initially travelled to the site, catching two buses to make the journey from Rhyl to Ruthin, but since working full-time he has passed his driving test and now travels by car, improving his opportunities for work in the future.