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Major Cardiff homes scheme helps graduate build career

A newly-appointed young graduate building a career in construction site management with Cardiff housing developer Lovell has been given the chance to work on one of Wales’ largest urban regeneration programmes.

Jac Evans, 21, who lives in Cardiff Bay, has just joined the national graduate scheme run by Lovell to develop its next generation of leaders.  The two-year programme will give him wide-ranging construction and management experience with most of his time set to be spent working on The Mill, Canton – a landmark regeneration development in Cardiff where construction is set to start later this year.

The development – which is being delivered by a partnership of Lovell, the Tirion Group and Cadwyn Housing Association – will transform the former Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill site, to the west of Cardiff city centre with 800 homes for sale and rent.

“This was an opportunity I had to take,” explains Jac. “The chance to work on a £100 million flagship project doesn’t come around often and to do it working for a company that I’d heard such good things about was something I couldn’t turn down.”

Jac has a strong construction background: his family run their own construction business in west Wales and he has been labouring on sites since he was 16. Those early experiences helped him decide on a career in the industry. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Project Management (Surveying) from the University of South Wales in 2016, he added to his impressive CV by gaining experience with another construction firm, working as an assistant site manager on high-value projects in the Midlands and Oxfordshire. “I love the problem-solving side of the job,” says Jac. “Every day is different and presents a new challenge. I didn’t want to be in a line of work where I’d do the same thing every day. I also like the sense of achievement you get when it all comes together. When that happens, you know that every decision and all the hard work you have put into a project is worth it.”

He chose to join Lovell after carefully researching the company: “All aspects of the business were positive, from how they treat their employees to the predicted growth in the south Wales region,” he says. “I wanted to work for a company that has the same values as me.” Welsh is Jac’s first language and he will be looking to promote it within the company and using the language when he meets Welsh-speaking residents.

During his training, Jac will be mentored by Lee Woodfine, Lovell project director for The Mill, Canton. He will also undertake six-week placements in other parts of the company.

Lovell regional director Kate Rees says: “Attracting talented and focused graduates like Jac is fundamental to our continuing success as a business. I’m delighted that he is developing the next stage of his career with Lovell and especially pleased that he will be working on The Mill, Canton, which is our flagship project in south Wales. Delivering training and job opportunities is an important part of our involvement in the project. Jac is the first of many people who will gain potentially life-changing career opportunities through the development.”

As part of its commitment to investing in local communities, Lovell will deliver significant training opportunities through the construction programme at The Mill, Canton. The scheme includes plans for a National Skills Academy programme which will offer apprenticeships and training placements for local people.

Visit to find out more about the Lovell graduate training programme.