The largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) is proud to be working in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai to develop and improve the skills of their repairs and maintenance workforce.
Initially, CCG collaborated with CITB and Neath Port Talbot Homes to develop a brand-new Level 3 multi skilling qualification for the industry. Having a multi skilled workforce is seen as the way forward for Housing Associations – providing value for money by undertaking maintenance work in the most practical, economical, and efficient way possible.
The aim of the Building, Maintenance, Multi-trade Repair & Refurbishment Operations (BMMRRO) qualification is to develop practical skills across a number of trades – and achieve a respected multi -skilling qualification at the end. It also allows students to concentrate on different modules and can be tailored to the needs of the employer.
Four members of CCG’s workforce have recently started their level three multi-skill qualification at Coleg Llandrillo Menai, where they will follow the one-day-a-week course for 18 months.
CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: “Nurturing and developing skills internally is very important to us as an employer. By offering apprenticeships to young people and courses to some of our more experienced members of the workforce, we are not only investing in the future of the company, but also investing in the wider economy.
“We are very proud to be offering members of our workforce an opportunity to gain this multi-skilled qualification. Due to the nature of the work carried out by our internal repairs and maintenance team it is important that we can teach and develop our own workforce, who are expected to carry out several trades.
“By working with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai we can ensure that we are developing the skills and experiences of our workforce in a range of different crafts to ensure that our tenants receive an effective and efficient service from our repairs and maintenance team.”
Daryl Baxter Work based Assessor at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai added: “This has been a great opportunity for the college and local business to work in partnership to upskill local tradespeople across North Wales. Due to the success of this initiative, we are hoping to roll it out on a larger scale.”
One of CCG’s four workers following the course is Iwan Jones from Tywyn. He started with CCG as an apprentice and is now on his third year at the collage, he said: “What’s good about this course is that I can take what I learn in collage back to work and I also learn loads on the job which I can use at collage. I’m very grateful for the opportunity that I’ve had and it’s great to gain experience in a variety of areas, from joinery to pluming and plastering. I hope to be fully qualified next year.”
If you are a business or a company who thinks your workforce could benefit from the multi-skill qualification, please contact Jennifer Jones at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai on 01492 546666 for more information.