TWO apprentice carpenters working on a Barry town centre housing project have been given tool belts in recognition of a successful first month on site

Josh Hackett and Niall Barron, employed by Jehu Project Services Limited, are working on the former Barry magistrates Courts site which is being redeveloped by Newydd Housing and Jehu into affordable housing and retail units.

The boys are learning their trade under the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme, a training scheme coordinated by Y Prentis and endorsed by the industry body, CITB.

They spend four days on site in Thompson Street and one day in college studying for their Level 2 in Wood Occupations.

The project, due for completion in February 2015, provides a wide variety of experience and both Josh and Niall hope to achieve sufficient units to allow them to complete their qualification by the end of the scheme.

Site manager, Nyron Wood said “It is a real opportunity for the boys to gain experience on a major site and they are making the most of their chance. We have had a very useful experience with Y Prentis and plan to take on additional apprentices in other trades.”