Morganstone and Rhondda Housing educate pupils on future careers

Morganstone and Rhondda Housing educate pupils on future careers

Children at a primary school near Llantrisant have been learning about what it means to work in the construction industry, thanks to the efforts of staff at award-winning Llanelli-based construction company Morganstone and Rhondda Housing Association who are the not for profit social landlord creating the affordable homes in partnership.

Yesterday (Thursday 4, February), both organisations visited Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Castellau in Beddau and talked with the children about why Maths and English are so important from a young age, and why the construction industry is an exciting career to consider in the future. The school is close to the social housing Beddau development which Morganstone are currentely building on behalf of Rhondda Housing Association and creating 39 beautiful environmentally-friendly homes.

Currently, the average wage for 18-21 year olds in construction is £15,145, much higher than an average of £9,594 in other industries.

Wales also needs more site engineers, architects, surveyors and general construction workers, as the construction industry is expected to grow in Wales at a rate of 6% year on year until 2019. This is twice the rate of the rest of the UK meaning great opportunities for young people in Wales.

Morganstone’s community engagement manager Antonia John and site manager Chris Weaver talked to the children about what working in construction actually means and the various routes they can take to enter the profession.  Rhondda Housing Association’s tenant engagement and skills worker Ron Keats introduced the role of housing associations and the many career paths available within the housing sector.

Antonia John, said:

“Construction builds the world we live in which is why it is so important to teach children about what it means to work in the industry. It provides a fantastic career with an endless stream of possibilities and careers to suit all skill sets.

“We want to teach children the importance of maths, English and Welsh language because not only are they essential skills in life, but for those who might consider construction as a career in the future it becomes a necessity to climb up the career ladder.”

Lesley Davies, chief executive of Rhondda Housing Association, said:

“We would like to thank Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Castellau for bringing such enthusiasm and vigour to this special event. We are committed to supporting our local communities and getting involved with education which plays such a vital part and can be a real catalyst for change.”

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