Academy creates 15 new jobs
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.”