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Celtic Horizons’ story

Rebecca Quinn and Tyron Mapp, Celtic Horizons

Celtic Horizons have been recognised for the work they do in schools to inspire young people about careers in construction. Rebecca Quinn, Customer Experience Assistant at Celtic Horizons shares their story:

Getting involved

“Preparing young people for the world of work is hugely important which is why we signed up to Careers Wales’ Education Business Exchange.”
“Construction businesses in Wales have a lot of work to do to change the industry’s image. Technology is crucial in developing new ways of building and we need to share that with our future workforce.” 

“We have 171 staff that range from carpenters to plumbers to administration and management staff. We look after 6,000 homes in South Wales. We have a lot of knowledge to share and are happy to support schools in the area.” 

“We were delighted to win a gold Valued Partner Award in 2018 and the Overall Contribution Award in 2019 for our work with schools which gives our staff a real boost.” 

Working with schools 

“Over the last few years, we’ve given many assembly talks and workshops in secondary schools in the Caerphilly and Cardiff area which look at a range of skill sectors like tiling, painting and decorating, carpentry, electrical work and plumbing.”
“One of our main aims is supporting special educational schools and children who have challenging behaviours by being a positive mentor for them and help them get work placements.”

“We challenge stereotypes in construction by promoting equality and helping women get into the workplace by providing work placements and exclusive school talks under our ‘Tradeswomen into Construction’ project.” “Our teaching materials have been well received in primary and secondary schools that enable pupils to think about the different trades whilst looking at maths, science, shapes, volume and communication.” 

Plans for the future 

“I am so proud to be part of a working relationship with Careers Wales that allows us to reach out to young people and make them aware of career opportunities.”

“We will continue to offer work placements and taster days, share our knowledge of apprenticeships and the skills needed for employment.” “We will also continue to support the ‘Tradeswomen into Construction’ project and share the message that construction is not just for boys!”

We had a lot planned for 2020 as part of our Business Class partnership and it’s a shame that all has been put on hold due to the pandemic. We look forward to working with schools again when we get back to normal and hope to visit even more schools in South Wales.”

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