News

 

Candidates take the next step

Next Steps 17 01 Web

Five lucky candidates have spent a week at Coleg Sir Gar as part of Next Steps 2017.

Over the last five days, and to be in with a chance of winning a paid construction apprenticeship with Lloyd and Gravell Ltd and TRJ Ltd, the candidates have participated in practical sessions in carpentry, plastering and bricklaying. They have completed manual handling, working at height and asbestos awareness training and achieved their level 1 award in Health and Safety Construction Environment.

Next Steps is an annual competition with local firms, TRJ Ltd and Lloyd & Gravell Ltd, teaming up with Constructing Carmarthenshire Together - a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property Services section, Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd, Coleg Sir Gâr and CWIC.   

Up to four apprentices are up for grabs and to be in with a chance of winning the finalists must complete a number of tasks including on-site work experience to refurbish West Wales General Hospital’s Cilgerran Ward’s outside play area. They will mentored by qualified tradespeople on a community benefit project to learn skills including carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and ground works over the next three to four weeks.  They will complete their experience working on Lloyd & Gravell and TRJ Ltd. sites.     This year the project is also being supported by donations from CCTAL Members and Local Suppliers.

Since 2010, over 60 candidates have taken part on the Next Steps Scheme. Seventeen candidates have won traditional apprenticeships with Lloyd and Gravell Ltd and TRJ Ltd. Fifteen have secured apprenticeships on the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme with CCTAL/Cyfle Building Skills and 25 have enrolled on full time education at Coleg Sir Gâr. One winner who completed his apprenticeship with Lloyd and Gravell has since started his own business taking on apprentices also.

 Winners start their apprenticeships in September.


  

Win an apprenticeship in the construction industry

Nextstepslogobil

Next steps is back with up to four apprenticeships up for grabs.

Local firms, TRJ Ltd and Lloyd & Gravell Ltd, have teamed up once again with Constructing Carmarthenshire Together - a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property Services section, Coleg Sir Gâr, and Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd – to run the annual competition.

In its eighth year, the competition is open to men and women living in Carmarthenshire aged 16 and over, and no previous experience is required.

Shortlisted applicants will spend one week at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Ammanford campus to learn basic health and safety training for working on a building site; with a further five weeks of on-site work experience, where they will mentored by qualified tradesmen on a community benefit project to learn skills including carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and ground works.

At least two people will win a paid construction apprenticeship with Lloyd and Gravell Ltd and TRJ Ltd. The project will run from Monday, July 3 to Friday, August 11. Winners start their apprenticeships in September.

TRJ Limited’s director, Owain Jones said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to pursue a career in construction with no experience necessary.”

 Since 2010, over 60 candidates have taken part on the Next Steps Scheme. Seventeen candidates have won traditional apprenticeships with Lloyd and Gravell Ltd and TRJ Ltd. Fifteen have secured apprenticeships on the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme with CCTAL/Cyfle Building Skills and 25 have enrolled on full time education at Coleg Sir Gâr. One winner who completed his apprenticeship with Lloyd and Gravell has since started his own business taking on apprentices also.

Lloyd and Gravell director, Kevin Gravell said: “Regardless of age, candidates will have the chance to learn new skills such as carpentry, bricklaying and plastering and at the same time work as part of a team.”

 Entries are now open, for further information and to download an application form visit www.nextstepscarmarthenshire.co.uk Deadline for entries is Thursday, June 8.


Next Steps winners revealed

Winners Aug11 2016 Media 1MB 8544

Four teenagers are starting their construction careers after each winning a two-year paid apprenticeship with local construction firms Lloyd & Gravell Ltd and TRJ Ltd.
Rhys Williams, aged 16, from Llanelli, and Iwan Evans, aged 16, from Pwll, have both been taken on by Lloyd & Gravell; Declan Pugh, aged 17, from Llanelli, and Jamie Tanner, aged 17, from Glanamman, will work for TRJ, having been crowned winners of Next Steps 2016.
Next Steps is an annual competition that gives anyone aged 16 or over, and living in Carmarthenshire, the chance to compete for apprenticeship in the construction industry.
It is run by Constructing Carmarthenshire Together – a partnership made up of Carmarthenshire County Council's Property section, Coleg Sir Gâr and Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd (CCTAL).
Ten candidates have been competing throughout the summer, working on local construction projects to benefit the community alongside qualified tradesmen and taking part in weekly skills challenges.
A ceremony was held at Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre, where the success of the programme was celebrated, and winners and runners-up were presented with tool bags provided by LBS Builders Merchants.
Speaking at the winners’ ceremony, Carmarthenshire’s Director of Environment said: “Next Steps is one of several projects developed by Constructing Carmarthenshire Together partners as part of our efforts to create opportunities for people, businesses and communities.
“The competition is now in its seventh year, and we are very proud of the success it has enjoyed – not only in terms of opportunities for all those that have taken part – but also the wider publicity it has generated for apprenticeships and training opportunities in the local construction industry.
“I would like to thank the candidates for the enthusiasm and commitment that they have shown. I am sure they will all go on and do well. I’d also like to give a very big thank you to TRJ Ltd and Lloyd & Gravell Ltd, who – once again – have put so much in to this project.”
Kevin Gravell, Director of Lloyd & Gravell Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Iwan and Rhys on board. They both impressed us during the competition process, showing that they were keen to work and learn, and we could quickly see that they would fit in well with our team at Lloyd & Gravell.
“I would like to say that it was very difficult to choose the winners; all 10 candidates showed commitment, enthusiasm, dedication and a willingness to learn, and importantly they also worked very well as a team. I am sure they will all do well in the future.”
Iwan said: “I am looking forward to starting in September. It has been an amazing experience and it has been great to meet everyone.”
Rhys said: “I have really enjoyed, it has been such a good experience. To have the chance to do it and then to secure an apprenticeship, I am over the moon.”
Owain Jones, Director of TRJ Ltd, said: “Both Jamie and Declan will be a great asset to our team at TRJ, and we look forward to welcoming them into the team at TRJ. Jamie has shown great commitment and drive, and Declan has shown great skill over the last few weeks. I want to say well done to all the candidates, they are all winners.”
Jamie said: “I am really pleased to have won the apprenticeship; I am determined to get my head down and work hard. I am also really proud of everything we have achieved.”
Declan said: “I am over the moon; I am looking forward to working with TRJ and learning new skills. I am also looking forward to the independence. It has been fantastic.”
The candidates worked on two community projects, an outdoor recreation are at Llys Y Bryn care home in Llanelli, and refurbishing Cwmaman paddling pool for locals to enjoy once again.
The four winners from 2016 take the total number of Next Steps apprenticeships offered over the last seven years to 17.
Another 15 people have secured placements on Carmarthenshire’s Shared Apprenticeship scheme; 13 people on Pathways to Apprenticeships courses and four more have secured traditional apprenticeships.
Cllr Hazel Evans, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Environment, said: “I would like to congratulate the winners, who thoroughly deserve their success, and also the runners up, who – although they haven’t won today – are still very much winners in their own right. All these candidates have given up their summer to work for free – and that says a huge amount about their commitment to their future careers.
“Next Steps is one of our flagship training and apprenticeship projects which not only provides great opportunities for individuals like these boys, but also for local businesses and communities. We are fortunate that in Carmarthenshire - despite severe cuts to our budgets – that we are still able to invest heavily in our homes, schools and leisure facilities.
“It is wonderful to see that as part of the project we have also been able to give something back to the community. The outdoor recreation area will make such a difference to residents at Llys Y Bryn; and the paddling pool at Cwmaman is open once again for locals to enjoy.”

Winners Aug11 2016 Media 1MB 8539


Makeover for Cwmaman pool thanks to Next Steps

CWMAMAN paddling pool is getting a much-needed makeover from the Next Steps candidates.
TRJ Ltd agreed to carry out the work as part of the Next Steps project to bring the pool up to standard for the benefit of the local community.
Cwmaman Town Council is delighted that the pool – which is around 80 years old – will be transformed for residents to enjoy once again.
Ten candidates have been chosen to take part in the Next Steps competition to win full-time paid construction apprenticeships with local building firms TRJ Ltd as well as Lloyd & Gravell Ltd.
They are working alongside skilled tradesmen to learn basic skills including carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and ground works.
Two community projects have been chosen - Cwmaman pool and creating an outdoor area at Llys Y Bryn care home in Llanelli.
The pool was in a bad state and works have included sealing and replastering the lining.
Cwmaman Mayor Kevin Madge said the pool would be open before the end of the summer: “We are delighted that TRJ were willing to help us so that the pool can be reopened.
“The candidates have been working hard and have made lots of progress very quickly. It is a tremendous facility and we are very thankful.”
The town council is also looking at putting in splash pads at the park to complement the refurbished paddling pool.
Director of TRJ Ltd Owain Jones said: “We are very pleased to be able to help Cwmaman Town Council; the pool is an excellent community facility and we are looking forward to seeing people using it again.
“As well as providing apprenticeship opportunities, Next Steps is about giving back to the community.”
Next Steps is a joint initiative between the two building firms and Constructing Carmarthenshire Together - a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property division, Coleg Sir Gâr, and Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd.
Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “It is great to see communities benefitting from Next Steps. It is a fantastic experience for the candidates, as well as learning essential skills they are doing something rewarding for the benefit of local people.”

 Cwmamanpool Aug4 2016 6153


New outdoor recreation area for care home residents

RESIDENTS at Llys Y Bryn care home in Llanelli will have a new outdoor recreation area to enjoy thanks to Next Steps.
Building firm Lloyd & Gravell are leading the project to transform what was an overgrown outdoor area for the benefit of residents.
Ten candidates have been chosen to take part in the Next Steps competition to win full-time paid construction apprenticeships with local building firms TRJ Ltd as well as Lloyd & Gravell Ltd.
They are working alongside skilled tradesmen to learn basic skills including carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and ground works.
As part of the competition, two community projects have been chosen for the candidates to work on - Llys Y Bryn and Cwmaman paddling pool.
The candidates have cut back the overgrown weeds and grass, made benches and a pergola so residents have somewhere to sit, and built raised flower beds.
Care home manager Lindsay Smith said it was unrecognisable: “They have been fantastic, there has been no disruption to the residents at all and the candidates have been very well behaved.
“The residents were unable to use the area, it was overgrown, there was nowhere for them to sit, there was no shelter. It will make such a big difference to them; the candidates have worked so hard; they even found a path we didn’t know was there.
“Now they have somewhere to sit and enjoy, flowers to look at, it is so much more user-friendly.”
Director of Lloyd & Gravell Kevin Gravell said: “We are delighted that we have been able to carry out this project at Llys Y Bryn; the staff and residents are so grateful and it has been a rewarding experience for the candidates too.
“When we came up with the idea of Next Steps we wanted to provide opportunities for apprenticeships, but giving back to the community was also an important part.”
Next Steps is a joint initiative between the two building firms and Constructing Carmarthenshire Together - a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property division, Coleg Sir Gâr, and Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd.
Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “I am delighted that Llys Y Bryn has been able to benefit from Next Steps. By working on the project not only have the candidates have been able to learn new skills but they are also helping the community.”

Pictured are: Iwan Evans, Rhys Williams, Mathew Glaze, Rhydian Rees and Sean Thomas.

Llysybryn Aug5 2016 8309


Next Steps candidates revealed

These 10 candidates will battle it out to win full-time paid construction apprenticeships with Carmarthenshire building firms Lloyd & Gravell Ltd and TRJ Ltd.
The lucky ones have been chosen to take part in the Next Steps project and will now work and train with skilled tradesmen to learn basic skills including carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and ground works.
The successful candidates were first grilled by an interview panel and then attended a five-day course at Coleg Sir Gâr which gave them the knowledge and skills necessary to work on a building site.

They are:

  • Liam Whittle, 16, from Cross Hands
  • Dominic Edwards, aged 16, from Llanelli
  • Rhys Williams, aged 16, from Llanelli
  • Mathew Glaze, aged 16, from Kidwelly
  • Declan Pugh, aged 17, from Llanelli
  • Rhydian Rees, aged 16, from Carmarthen
  • Jamie Tanner, aged 17, from Glanamman,
  • Elliot Thomas, aged 17, from Llanelli
  • Iwan Evans, aged 16, from Pwll
  • Sean Thomas, aged 18, from Pembrey

The chosen 10 will be working on two community projects – renovating the courtyard at Llys Y Bryn Care home for residents to enjoy; and refurbishing Cwmamman swimming pool for the benefit of local residents.
They will also take part in challenges to test their ability to learn new skills, with rewards and forfeits as an incentive.
The winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at Ffwrnes Theatre in August, and they will have a few weeks off before starting their apprenticeships in September.
Director of Lloyd & Gravell Kevin Gravell said: “This is a life-changing opportunity for these candidates. They have already impressed us with their applications, interviews, and how they conducted themselves in college.
“Now we are looking forward to see how they will work as individuals; and as part of a team – this is where the hard work really starts.”
Director of TRJ Ltd Owain Jones said: “We are looking forward to putting the candidates through their paces. This is the seventh year we have run this competition and it is still really exciting to see the candidates develop as the weeks go by. “
Next Steps is a joint initiative between the two building firms and Constructing Carmarthenshire Together - a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property division, Coleg Sir Gâr, and Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd.
Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “We are delighted to be supporting Next Steps and I would like to wish all 10 candidates the best of luck in the competition.”

 Candidates


Deadline extended

If you thought you’d missed your chance to enter Next Steps 2016, then you are in luck!
The deadline has been extended for another week to give people an extra few days to get their application forms in.
Anyone interested in competing for a chance to win one of four two-year construction apprenticeship with Lloyd & Gravell Ltd or TRJ Ltd, has now got until 5pm on Friday, June 17, to submit their application.
“We wanted to give more people the chance to get their entries in as we had quite a few last-minute inquiries,” said Kevin Gravell, Director of Lloyd & Gravell Ltd.
“We’re very much looking forward to going through the applications and shortlisting for the interviews.”
Owain Jones, of TRJ Ltd, said: “We’re pleased to be able to extend our deadline. It’ll be too late after Friday, so please – if you are interested in entering – do it now!”
Next Steps is a joint initiative between the two local building firms and Constructing Carmarthenshire Together - a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property division, Coleg Sir Gâr, and Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd.
Executive Board Member for Technical Services Cllr Hazel Evans said: “This is an excellent opportunity for someone; it could change their lives.”

Download an application form


Council leader visits Next Steps project

Council Leader Emlyn Dole has visited a Llanelli school which was lucky enough to benefit from the Next Steps project.
The annual competition to win a construction apprenticeship sees candidates working on a community-based project.
In 2012, a safari themed sensory garden was created at Ysgol Heol Goffa for children with special needs.
The candidates worked through the summer so that the garden was ready for pupils starting back in the autumn and their skills in carpentry, bricklaying and plastering were put to the test.
Cllr Dole said: “It was wonderful to visit the school and see first-hand the children playing in the garden and how much they benefitted from it.
“The Next Steps project is a fantastic project which is not only giving people the chance to win an apprenticeship in the construction industry but is also putting something back into the community.”
Now in its seventh year, Next Steps is a joint initiative between local building firms Lloyd & Gravell Ltd and TRJ Ltd; and Constructing Carmarthenshire Together - a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property division, Coleg Sir Gâr, and Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd.
This year there are four apprenticeships up for grabs. It is open to men and women living in Carmarthenshire aged 16 and over, and it doesn’t matter about previous experience.
Candidates will undertake basic health and safety training for working on a building site at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Ammanford campus and then spend five weeks on-site where they will mentored by qualified tradesmen.

Watch Cllr Dole’s vlog from Ysgol Heol Goffa: 


Last chance to enter Next Steps

If you are looking for a job in the construction industry then enter Next Steps now.

The deadline for this year’s competition is Friday, June 10 and there are four apprenticeships up for grabs from TRJ Ltd and Lloyd & Gravell Ltd.

It is open to anyone aged 16 and over living in Carmarthenshire, and no previous experience is needed.

Those shortlisted will be invited for interview, and the successful candidates will then spend five weeks on-site with skilled tradesmen during July and August to learn skills including carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and ground works.

The winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony on August 12 and then they will have a few weeks off before starting their apprenticeships in September.

Any runners-up that really impress during the process may also be given further opportunities by other local contracting companies.

Director of Lloyd & Gravell Ltd Kevin Gravell said: “This is the seventh year we have run this competition and it gives local people a chance to compete for a job in a difficult employment market."

Director of TRJ Ltd Owain Jones said: “We are really excited about this year’s competition and are looking forward to putting the candidates through their paces."

Next Steps is a joint initiative between the two local building firms and Constructing Carmarthenshire Together - a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property division, Coleg Sir Gâr, and Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd.


Apply for Next Steps and change your life

Residents in Carmarthenshire who are looking to start a career in the construction industry are being urged to apply for Next Steps – it could change their life!

The annual competition is back this year with four apprenticeships up for grabs from TRJ Ltd and Lloyd & Gravell Ltd.

Now in its seventh year, it is a joint initiative between the two local building firms and Constructing Carmarthenshire Together - a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property division, Coleg Sir Gâr, and Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd.

It is open to men and women living in Carmarthenshire aged 16 and over, and it doesn’t matter about previous experience.

Candidates will spend a week at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Ammanford campus to undertake basic health and safety training for working on a building site; with a further five weeks of on-site work experience, where they will mentored by qualified tradesmen on a community benefit project to learn skills including carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and ground works.

Last year’s winners Cavan McGill and Dylan Jones are encouraging people to apply this year.

Cavan, aged 16, from Pembrey, won a carpentry apprenticeship with TRJ, and has no regrets.

He said: “I have the best experience, and I am so glad I did it.”

The pair spend three days a week in college and two days on site.

Dylan, aged 17, from Tyisha in Llanelli, is training to be a plumber, working for Lloyd and Gravell. He said: “It is really difficult to get an apprenticeship these days, so it was brilliant to get this. I would tell anyone to go for it.”

Since the competition started in 2010, it has provided 10 apprenticeships - and one former winner has even set up his own company.

A further 15 people have secured placements on Carmarthenshire’s Shared Apprenticeship scheme; 13 people on Pathways to Apprenticeships courses and four more have secured traditional apprenticeships.

Executive Board Member for Property Services Cllr Hazel Evans said: “This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to get a foot on the ladder of the construction industry, regardless of age or experience.

“The candidates will learn new skills in trades including carpentry, bricklaying and plastering, whilst working as part of a team.”

 


 

Building a career in the construction industry

Do you think you’re too old for an apprenticeship? Do you think that because you’re female you’ll never make it in the construction industry?

Well, think again.

Next Steps 2016 is here, and this is a chance for anyone aged 16 and over to find their feet in the construction industry regardless of age, gender or social background.

The annual competition is run by Constructing Carmarthenshire Together - a partnership of Carmarthenshire County Council, Coleg Sir Gâr, and Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd - in association with local construction firms Lloyd & Gravell Ltd and TRJ Ltd.

Now in its seventh year, the competition has already changed the lives of countless local people – including people who have gone on to set up their own business and win national skills competitions, as well as children and adults with severe disabilities who have benefitted from community projects built by the Next Steps teams.

Entries for this year’s competition are now open, and there’s a particular call for women who are under-represented in the construction industry.

Up to 10 candidates will be shortlisted after interview, and each candidate will spend a week at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Ammanford campus to undertake basic health and safety training allowing them to work on a building site. Numbers will then be whittled down to at least eight, with a further six weeks of on-site work experience, where they will mentored by qualified tradesmen on a community benefit project to learn skills including carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and ground works.

At the end, at least two people will win a paid construction apprenticeship with Lloyd and Gravell Ltd and TRJ Ltd. The project will run from mid-July to mid-August. Winners start their apprenticeships in September.

 


 

Not one, not two – but four Next Steps 2014 winners! (September 9, 2014)

THE number of construction apprenticeships provided by Carmarthenshire’s award-winning Next Steps programme this year has not just doubled – it’s quadrupled! An unexpected twist rounded off what has been another successful competition. Ammanford’s TRJ Ltd joined the scheme for the first time this year, providing an extra apprenticeship placement as part of the process. But during the winner’s ceremony, held at Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre, the two companies announced that – such was the calibre of this year’s candidates – that they wanted to take two apprentices each. Dewey Clarke from Llanelli and Rhodri Evans from Pontyates will now begin apprenticeships with Lloyd and Gravell Ltd, and Luke Allen from Llanelli and Scott Williams from Ammanford will work with TRJ Ltd. There were two runners up – Jarred Fairhurst from Llandybie who has now secured a place on a diploma plastering course, and Josh McCarthy from Llwynhendy who has gained a place on a full-time carpentry course, both with Coleg Sir Gâr. All winners and runners-up were presented with tool bags provided by LBS Ltd. Kevin Gravell, Director of Lloyd and Gravell, spoke on behalf of both firms, and said: “The level of commitment shown by this year’s candidates was second to none – regardless of the outcome, they are all winners in our eyes. “We are pleased therefore to offer apprenticeships to four of the candidates, and have secured college placements for two more. “They really do deserve every success in their future careers, and we look forward to giving them their head start.” Next Steps is a unique annual competition that allows anyone aged 16 or over, and living in Carmarthenshire, the chance to compete for a two-year paid construction apprenticeship. The four winners from 2014 take the total number of Next Steps apprenticeships offered over the last five years to eight. Another 11 people have secured placements on Carmarthenshire’s Shared Apprenticeship scheme; 10 people on Pathways to Apprenticeships courses and four more have secured traditional apprenticeships. Next Steps is run by Constructing Carmarthenshire Together, a partnership of Carmarthenshire County Council, Coleg Sir Gâr and Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd (CCTAL).