Tai Tarian Initiative Leads to Employment Opportunities

Wed 10 Oct 2018

Kyle Johnson and Steve Grey

Local people are being given opportunities to develop their careers, thanks to a Tai Tarian initiative.

Special clauses included in contracts ensure that any company working with the Neath Port Talbot social housing organisation must provide a benefit to the community.

This can include a commitment to employing local people or contributing to local projects.

One company who has committed to this scheme is SERS Energy Solutions, who install wall insulation.  Having won the contract to carry out the external refurbishment of properties in the Sandfields area of Port Talbot, the company committed to employing a local workforce.

Kyle Johnson, 27, is one of the workers employed as a result.  Having joined SERS via an agency earlier this year, Kyle has now secured a permanent, full time position with the company.

Speaking about the role, Kyle said, “I’m really grateful for the opportunity SERS and Tai Tarian have given me.  I started as a semi-skilled roofer, but I’ve now been able to learn new skills and develop my career.

“I’m continuing to develop thanks to SERS’ training plan and am looking forward to the future.”

Mike Roberts, Managing Director of SERS Energy Solutions said, “As a leading external housing refurbishment contractor, we recognise the importance of giving back to the communities in which we operate and fully support Tai Tarian’s initiative. 

“We are delighted with the progress Kyle has made since joining us and is now an integral part of the site team.  

“He shows a tremendous attitude and commitment, and his work is of the highest standard.  This has been noticed by tenants, who regularly tell us what a pleasure it is to have him work on their homes.” 

Tai Tarian’s Senior Tenant Liaison Officer, Steve Grey has been heavily involved in the refurbishment work. 

He said, “Our social clauses are an important part of our contracts and show that we invest in people as well as our properties. 
"This means that the wider community benefits from our investments and can contribute to solving long-standing social issues affecting Neath Port Talbot.

“We are thrilled that Kyle has seized this opportunity and we wish him a long and successful career.”