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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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Ceredigion Schools have already produced more than 300 visors

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MORE than 300 face-visors have already been produced by staff at Ysgol Bro Pedr, Ysgol Penglais, Ysgol Bro Teifi and Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi.

These face-visors provide much needed protection for front-line workers in Ceredigion. The visors are produced on the schools’ 3-D printers.
Plans are in place to produce another 2,000 of these vital visors.

Meinir Ebbsworth, Corporate Lead Officer – Schools said, “We are extremely grateful to our staff who are using their expertise and school equipment to help others.”

Ceredigion County Council are proud of the contribution that our schools are making during this difficult and challenging times, and to all our staff and volunteers who have shown such goodwill to help others.

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Cooperation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Ceredigion County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) are working together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three facilities in the county – Plascrug Leisure Centre and Penweddig School in Aberystwyth and Cardigan Leisure Centre – will provide additional capacity in response to the unprecedented challenges currently faced by the NHS and social care services.

Further sites across the county continue to be scoped and further information will be provided as and when these are confirmed. The health service is also working with its university partners in Aberystwyth on opportunities for them to support the efforts.

This follows announcements made last week confirming additional capacity in Parc Y Scarlets and the Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli and Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire.

Dr Phil Kloer, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Delivering this additional capacity in Ceredigion will be essential to help us manage patient flow over the coming weeks and we are extremely grateful for all of the support that we are receiving from Ceredigion County Council to help make this happen.

“We have followed the situation in Italy closely to learn where possible and to help our planning. Our European colleagues have provided feedback that patient flow and throughput is a critical factor in response to COVID-19 pressures.”

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive said “Ceredigion County Council is proud to be supporting Hywel Dda University Health Board in establishing our Leisure Centres and one of our secondary schools as facilities which will provide additional capacity as we prepare for the potential impact of COVID-19. This is a reflection of the close partnership working between the two organisations. We thank all staff who have been working tirelessly to prepare for and respond to this crisis.”

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Ceredigion Public House to be served with a prohibition notice

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On Friday night, 27 March 2020, officers from Ceredigion County Council`s Public Protection Team came across a country public house serving customers alcohol, and open for business in contravention of the recently issued Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020. Police assistance was called and the landlord will now be served with a prohibition notice. A number of other offences were identified and a report will be made to the Council`s Licencing Committee.

Inspections by the Council’s Public Protection Team during the week have shown that the overwhelming majority of local businesses have voluntarily closed when they have been required to do so by the emergency regulations. Other businesses, where permitted to do so, have quickly diversified from serving foods to be consumed on their premises to providing deliveries or takeaways.

Premises that have been permitted to remain open have diligently and rapidly adjusted to social distancing measures. The vast majority of the community recognises the need for, and the importance of these emergency measures and has willingly played its part.

Over 70 premises were inspected last week, however only one premises failed to follow the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 introduced.

The Council’s Public Protection officers will continue to monitor compliance, with support from the Dyfed-Powys Police if appropriate. Businesses and premises which breach the regulations will be subject to prohibition notices and fines. Businesses that continue to contravene the measures will be forced to close down. Individuals and companies who do not pay their fine may also be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose potentially unlimited fines.

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