Academy cre­ates 15 new jobs

North Wales Weekly News - - WRITTEN BY YOU -

A NEW so­cial en­ter­prise com­pany has set up an em­ploy­ment academy and cre­ated 15 jobs.

Hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion Cartrefi Conwy has joined forces with the Crest Co-op­er­a­tive re­cy­cling or­gan­i­sa­tion to launch the new ven­ture, Cre­at­ing En­ter­prise which is the first of its kind in Wales.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is tak­ing on a range of main­te­nance work at al­most 4,000 of Cartrefi Conwy’s prop­er­ties across the county of Conwy, from ex­te­rior paint­ing to fix­ing drip­ping taps and bro­ken gar­den gates.

It is also run­ning an em­ploy­ment academy which has al­ready seen three job­less ten­ants be­ing given a 12-month con­tract to gain work ex­pe­ri­ence.

Over the course of their year with Cre­at­ing En­ter­prise they will re­ceive full train­ing, a qual­i­fi­ca­tion where ap­pro­pri­ate and help with find­ing a per­ma­nent job. The or­gan­i­sa­tion has also just taken on two ap­pren­tices.

Craig Palmer, 25, from Llan­fair­fechan, has started with the com­pany as a trainee pain­ter.

He said: “The time I didn’t have a proper job was very de­press­ing but be­ing on this con­tract has re­ally built up my con­fi­dence and helped me to cope with things like job in­ter­views. I’d say it’s re­ally turned my life around and, hope­fully, it will be kind of a spring­board to bet­ter things for me.”

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