MP praises work by shared apprentices on Castle project
Ceredigion’s MP Mark Williams visited Cardigan Castle this week to meet the Coleg Ceredigion ‘shared apprentices’ working on the site, and hear more about the apprentice scheme, run by Cyfle.image
The shared apprentices, many of whom were recruited by Cyfle Building Skills, have been involved with the Castell Aberteifi Project and Andrew Scott Construction for over a year. During that time, the scheme has provided up to five ‘Shared Apprentices’ on-site at any one time with each apprentice gaining a fantastic range of experience in every facet of the castle’s construction.
They have undertaken various challenging tasks using skills largely forgotten by today’s tradespeople. Carpentry apprentices for example have learnt and applied age old techniques to restore wood Whigs which are centuries old.
The Shared Apprenticeship scheme offers young people a flexible route and includes time at college learning their trade alongside working with different types of construction companies in the South West Wales Region.
image 2Mark Williams MP commented: “I was hugely impressed to see the work of Cyfle’s Shared Apprentices scheme, and was particularly pleased to meet several of the apprentices who were developing their skills on such a prestigious project. Their craftsmanship was exemplary.”
Huw Thomas, Curriculum Manager for Construction at Coleg Ceredigion, said: “This new scheme provides a fantastic opportunity for apprentices and businesses alike, these apprentices have gained valuable experience using specialist traditional techniques on this exciting project.”
Rhys 27 November, 2014
Pictured at Cardigan Castle Left to right:
Huw Thomas Ceredigion College, Tommy Owen Andrew Scott Apprentice, Mark Williams MP and Paul Falzon Cyfle.,