Meet our Host Partner

Castell Group

26 March 2024

Cwrt Llangrallo
Coychurch Rd. Bridgend.

Castell Group have recently completed a block of flats on Coychurch Road, Bridgend. This project was developed for Hafod Housing Association. Y Prentis successfully sourced local people wanting to learn a trade.

Nicola Murray, Assistant Programme Manager said “We identified local people who could benefit from the short-term project and in partnership with Castell Group we devised a strategy to utilise the development opportunities available. Castell Group kept us updated with their programme of works which allowed us to place 4 local apprentices with them. Harvey an apprentice from Pencoed benefited from 1st fix carpentry works, Marie an apprentice from Brackla benefited from 2nd fix carpentry and Brandon a painting and decorating apprentice from Ogmore Vale benefited from all decorating aspects. Finally, we placed Reece, a first 1st year carpentry apprentice with Castell to embrace the site experience while learning basic carpentry tasks during the final touches. All four apprentices have had the opportunity to develop, depending on the stage of their apprenticeship, while also contributing to the growth of their community.

Contractors will often state the length of the project being the reason why they can’t take an apprentice. This example proves that the shortest of projects can still offer development. The Y Prentis program is designed to fill these opportunities, as the contractor does not have to commit to the full-term apprenticeship. We employ the apprentice, and the contractor hosts them for as long or little as the project needs.”

Kevin Roberts, Head of Construction at Castell Group said, “By partnering with Y Prentis, we have successfully supported over 80 weeks of development. Enabling 4 local apprentices to contribute to their community and have pride in what we’ve all achieved as a team. We would not have the time and resources to do this alone. Y Prentis sourced the individuals for us and have now moved them to different contractors to continue with their development. One of them continuing with Concept Carpentry, the sub-contractor we used on the project. Castell Group are proud to partner with a programme that allows us to go above and beyond for the communities we build in.”

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