Apprentice seizes chance thanks to Tai Tarian initiative

Fri 11 Oct 2019

Suni Minto

A young man from Neath is learning new skills after being given an opportunity by one of Tai Tarian’s contractors.  Suni Minto, aged 19, who is also a Tai Tarian tenant, has started working as an apprentice scaffolder for ASW Scaffolding, one of the main providers of scaffolding to the social housing organisation.

The opportunity came about as a result of Tai Tarian’s Community Benefits scheme where the organisation encourages its contractors to give work opportunities to local people.

Suni previously trained to become a plasterer before switching his attention to scaffolding and joining ASW back in the summer.  Over the next year, he will work towards completing his initial scaffolding qualification before continuing to work to become fully qualified.

Speaking about his experiences so far, Suni said:
“Scaffolding is something that has always appealed to me and I’m very thankful to ASW for giving me this opportunity to get into the industry.

It was a bit daunting to begin with, getting used to the various fittings and different size tubes, as well as the health and safety requirements.  I’ve learnt a lot and now feel confident in assisting the more experienced scaffolders with their work.

ASW have invested a lot in my training and development and I’m determined to repay that faith by enjoying a long and successful career with them.”

Carl Hendy, Director of ASW Scaffolding said:
“With the expansion of the business, we were keen to give opportunities to local people such as Suni and are delighted to be able to support him to develop his career.” 

“He has been employed by us for approximately four months and has made great progress already.  We’ve been really impressed with his attitude and commitment whilst his personality has ensured he has seamlessly fitted into the team.”

Rebecca Thomas, Economic, Social & Regeneration Manager at Tai Tarian said:
“As an organisation we believe in building great homes and great communities.  Our social responsibilities are important to us and we are delighted local young people are getting employment opportunities with our contractors.

ASW Scaffolding share the same outlook as us and we are confident that Suni will develop greatly under their guidance.  We are thrilled that Suni has seized this opportunity and we wish him every success in his new role.”