Ben's new career takes off

Wed 15 Dec 2021

Ben at the Melin Close development

Becoming a carpenter has been a long-time ambition of Tai Tarian resident, Ben Jones. 

So, when the opportunity came to take part in a work experience programme ran by the Cyfle Building Skills’ shared apprenticeship scheme, he jumped at the chance. 

The 13-day course saw Ben introduced to a range of carpentry skills as well as a day learning about health and safety. Upon completion of the course, Ben received £200 and a toolkit to start him out in his career. 

Not only that, but thanks to his hard work, dedication, and eagerness to learn he was offered apprenticeship by Cyfle. 

“I couldn’t believe when they offered me that opportunity,” said Ben. “I’ve wanted to be a carpenter for as long as I can remember and so this was really a dream come true.” 

During the summer, Ben was taken on by Port Talbot-based construction company CJ Construction (Wales) Ltd as part Cyfle’s shared apprenticeship scheme.  

He is currently working on the Tai Tarian development at Melin Close near Neath, as part of their agreement with the social housing provider to give job opportunities to local people. 

Their commercial director, Alex Holland said: 
“We’ve been very impressed with Ben since we first came across him on Cyfle’s work experience programme. 

“His passion and eagerness to learn clearly shone through and we jumped at the chance to take him on as an apprentice and support him in this goal to become a fully qualified carpenter. 

“We’re also pleased that by giving Ben this opportunity we are fulfilling our obligation to Tai Tarian’s Community Benefits scheme to give job opportunities to local people on our construction projects.” 

Rebecca Thomas, Tai Tarian’s economic and social regeneration manager said: 
“Our Community Benefits scheme is all about making a difference to local communities and local people.  It asks that our contractors give something back to the community in which they work, and by giving Ben this fantastic opportunity, CJ Construction have done just that. 

“Working with them and Cyfle has been a pleasure, as both organisations share the same values and passion as us in helping people to reach their full potential.” 

Rhys Fisher, Cyfle’s academy co-ordinator said: 
“Already in his short career, Ben has shown great potential and we’re grateful to CJ Construction in supporting us in giving him this opportunity. 

“He’s currently studying for a level 2 NVQ, with the ambition to progress on to his Level 3. All being well, this will all be with CJ Construction.” 

The final word goes to Ben as he looks ahead to what the future holds for him:
“I just love the fact that carpentry is so varied, and you have to learn so many different skills. There’s so much to learn and I look forward to learning more as my career progresses.”