Open Doors Weekend at Penarth Learning Community
11:22am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
PENARTH school children, teachers, parents, and residents are being offered an exclusive look behind the scenes at the town’s new learning community project.
The £39.4 million Penarth Learning Community (PLC) is creating two new schools in a single building on the former St Cyres School site.
This week (Friday September, 27, and Saturday, 28) contractors Leadbitter will host an Open Doors Weekend, with a presentation from the site team about how the project is developing, and a guided tour.
It is also a chance to see the diverse range of career opportunities that construction has to offer, and its importance to national and regional economies.
Targeted recruitment and training plans to ensure job opportunities are maximised for local people seeking employment is a major part of the initiative, said Rob Bradley, managing director of Leadbitter and a division of a its parent company –Bouygues UK.
“We are extremely excited to be involved in Open Doors Weekend 2013, as it is a great chance to showcase the construction industry and highlight what career opportunities there are within the industry,” he said.
“Providing local employment opportunities is very important to us and we are already working with the Y Prentis shared apprentice scheme and ‘welfare to work’ provider Working Links which delivers training to local unemployed people”.
PLC is part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s 21st Century Schools Investment Programme with funding for the scheme provided by Welsh Government and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
As well as providing new facilities St Cyres, a new Special Education Needs (SEN) school called Ysgol y Deri will accommodate pupils from Ysgol Erw’r Delyn, Ashgrove School, and Ysgol Maes Dyfan in Barry.
Jane Wade, operational manager for property at the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “The Penarth Learning Community will provide a fantastic educational facility for the children of Penarth. Open Doors Weekend offers a great opportunity for local people to see the excellent progress being made on the building and to find out more about the benefits the project is already bringing to the area.”
The Open Doors Weekend is the result of a partnership of industry bodies, UK Construction Group (UKCG), CITB - Construction Skills, The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
Leadbitter will join approximately 25 other businesses across England, Scotland and Wales in this year’s event
Places are limited though. To book see - www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk