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Young people gain skills to enter the construction industry

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YOUNG PEOPLE were recently given the chance to attend an employment preparation day course at the Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus in Penrhyncoch. The event was the result of Cam Nesa – a local EU funded project – joining up with the construction company, Willmott Dixon.

The Cam Nesa project supports one of the council’s aims to ensure that Post 16 and adult learners have the right skills to compete in the local economy, and that appropriate training programmes are accessible to those furthest away from the jobs market.

Elen James is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer for Lifelong Learning and Culture. She said, “Cam Nesa offers unemployed young people aged between 16 and 24 opportunities to access a range of tailored personal support and work related opportunities to meet their needs and aspirations.”

The Cam Nesa participants recently attended Dysgu Bro Community Education to undertake the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, where they obtained their Construction Skills qualification to show that they have the appropriate training to gain employment in the construction industry.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning. She said: “The initiative is an excellent example of how Community Benefits, for example educational, community and environmental initiatives have been applied by Aberystwyth University at the Research and Innovation Centre Development and how Ceredigion County Council have worked in partnership with the Wilmott Dixon team to create opportunities to up-skill and support local people into employment.”

Nicola Millard is the Assistant Community Liaison Manager at Willmott Dixon. She said: “It was great to be able to provide our Building Lives Academy to the young people of the Cam Nesa project. The training is part of our social value plan for our project at the Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus. We hope that the training will be a great springboard into employment for these young people.’’

The Cam Nesa team can work on a one to one, or group basis with unemployed individuals to gain confidence, offer emotional support and eventually help them progress into employment, education or training.

If you would like to receive more information about the Cam Nesa project, please contact Michael Pritchard on 01970 633632

or by e-mail on Michael.pritchard@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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