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South Wales students inspired to career ahead in construction

Local homes developer Lovell inspired South Wales students visiting Cardiff’s Apprenticeships Work!event by setting them a housebuilding challenge.

The Cardiff City Stadium careers fair enabled Year 10 and 11 students, sixth formers and college student to meet the Lovell team, talk to some of the company’s current apprentices and find out about opportunities to build their own careers through an apprenticeship. They also enjoyed a small taste of hands-on construction via the Lovell House activity – the chance to build a mini wooden house.

“It was fantastic to meet so many students excited by the prospect of a career in the industry at the Apprenticeship Works!Event,” says Lovell project skills coordinator Nicola Murray. “Encouraging young people to understand the diverse opportunities which construction offers is crucial to bring the next generation of construction professionals into our industry.

“For Lovell it’s also about investing in the community by creating training opportunities and jobs in the places where we build. We had a lot of students interested in work experience placements with the company which is a great way of finding out what it’s really like to work in the sector.”

Having supported and trained 22 apprentices in South Wales over the past two years, Lovell expects to take on three graduates and two apprentices, along with trainees, in the next six months. Its teams are working on high-profile construction schemes across the region, including The Mill, Canton – a £100 million new urban village in West Cardiff which is one of Wales’ largest regeneration programmes.