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26 September 2013

Taff Housing builds on skills with Cardiff and Vale College

Taff Housing Association has teamed up with Cardiff and Vale College to offer apprenticeships to two students from the College.

The new apprentices will be joining Taff Housing Association’s Maintenance team who are in the process of improving the energy efficiency of the Tenants’ homes, which will in turn bring down their heating bills and make their homes more affordable to run.

Janet Bochel, Director of Customer Services and Development at Taff Housing Association, said:  “In a time when apprenticeships are in short supply, we are really pleased to be able to work with Cardiff and Vale College to offer two of their students this valuable opportunity to train.

“Getting social value out of contracts and maximizing what we give back to the community is an ongoing commitment for us. In the past we’ve encouraged apprenticeships through our contractors, but this is the first time we have directly employed apprentices.”

Ryan Steggles, 19 from Ely, and Declan Petryna, 22 from Heath, have this year started their NVQ Level 2 qualification in Carpentry at Cardiff and Vale College. 

Declan said: “After a number of years trying to gain an apprenticeship, thanks to Taff Housing Association,  I’ve now been offered a chance of a lifetime opportunity to pursue my goal of becoming a qualified Carpenter. Being offered this apprenticeship has made me determined and motivated to succeed and eager to learn everything I can to develop my skills to do the best possible job.”

Mike James, Principal and Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale College, said: “We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Taff Housing Association, providing two of our students with an excellent opportunity to develop their training in the workplace. As the largest work based learning provider in the country the College is always looking for new ways to train up new talent as that is the lifeblood of any industry. We will continue to work with Taff Housing Association to ensure that training and qualifications meet the needs of both employers and students.”