Coleg Y Cymoedd construction course students were offered a rare opportunity to visit one of Trivallis’ on-site housing developments.
Appletree Avenue, based in Porth is a £1.4million investment in Porth, which is funded by the Welsh Government Social Housing Grant.
The site will comprise of 14 one- and two-bedroom homes, with design and construction works being carried out by WRW Construction.
Students were shown around the development by the site manager, Ken, and given an insight into the different elements that are involved in building homes.
Xander Morgan-Roe, a student who visited the Appletree Avenue Site, said: “My family and I used to live in the flats in Dinas when I was a young child. I moved out at about 7 years of age and now I live in Treherbert. It looks so much different now and I think the new homes will be lovely once they’re done.
“It was so interesting to see how much has changed since I moved away whilst also getting an insight of what working on a construction site is really like. A lot more work goes in to building homes than I thought.
“This visit has confirmed that construction is an industry I want to work in, maybe as a carpenter or an architect. I’d love to see myself working on a project like this in the future.”
Students were offered the opportunity of gaining on-site work experience with future WRW Construction projects to gain skills and training that will boost their future career prospects.
Lisa Roberts, Community Projects Officer at Trivallis, said: “We want to help not only build homes, but to build the aspirations of young people in our communities, too. It is so important to open young minds to the world of housing and the potential opportunities there are for work in the sector.
“It’s great to partner up with Coleg Y Cymoedd on projects like this. We also have plans to link up other education providers in the local area to share the experience of seeing a live and working site with students of all ages.
“A big thanks goes to WRW Construction taking the time to show the students around and to answer their technical questions and Porth AFC who are always so accommodating and supportive of activities in the area.”
For more information on the Appletree Avenue development and other new homes that Trivallis is developing, visit: www.trivallis.co.uk/development