Cardiff housing developer and regeneration specialist Lovell’s continuing investment in its workforce and commitment to training the next generation of construction professionals has been underlined by the appointment of Darryl Williams as regional training advisor.
Darryl, who lives in Blackwood, Caerphilly, joins Lovell from national sector training body CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) where he worked for more than 22 years. In his last CITB role, Darryl was company development training advisor based in south east Wales.
In his new position with Lovell, he will lead all training activities for Lovell across South Wales and the South West, including the development and training of the 90 staff members in the region. He will also oversee the recruitment and training of apprentices and graduate trainees joining Lovell as well as coordinating training activities organised by the company in the areas where it works, including organising work experience placements for students and school visits.
“Lovell has an exceptional record of providing training opportunities for its own employees and for the wider community and I therefore am delighted to be joining the company’s South Wales and South West team,” says Darryl.
“We are committed to ensuring our own teams have the skills to keep taking the business forward while at the same time we are working to develop the next generation of construction professionals. Equally, I am delighted to be leading Lovell’s legacy work giving local people the opportunity to develop construction experience and qualifications which can lead to jobs and careers. The company’s involvement in some of the region’s most high-profile new-build and regeneration programmes is enabling us to deliver potentially life-changing opportunities for local people.”
Lovell regional director Kate Rees adds: “It is fantastic to have secured someone with Darryl’s industry experience and knowledge to lead our training activities. His appointment demonstrates the very high importance we place on people development and training and our continuing focus on providing far-reaching legacy benefits in local communities through the creation of job and training opportunities.”
Lovell is set to start construction work later this year on The Mill, an £100 million new urban village at the 53-acre former Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill site, in Canton, to the west of Cardiff city centre, which will create 800 brand-new homes.
One of Wales’ largest urban regeneration programmes, the construction programme is expected to create over 1,000 jobs, many for people living locally, and extensive training opportunities. This will include the establishment of a Cardiff-based National Skills Academy programme to deliver apprenticeships and training placements for local residents.
Lovell is also providing valuable industry experience for ten trainees and apprentices working on the Loftus Garden Village development which the company is building for Pobl Group in Newport. The trainees and apprentices are learning trades including carpentry, plumbing and bricklaying working on the £30 million housing development which will create 250 high-quality arts and crafts-style homes near the city centre.