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Skills shortage issue resolved by Creating Enterprise in North Wales

Skills shortage issue resolved by Creating Enterprise in North Wales
Written by Jackie De Burca

Headlines like Long COVID and Skills Shortages Means a Tough Winter for Construction Industry, and, Demand for Construction Workers close to a 20-year High, is a small sample of some of the UK articles about the skills shortage issue in the construction industry.

Skills shortage is at its worst since 2007

In fact, even before the pandemic, an article on 29th January 2020 in Construction Europe stated that,

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) says the shortfall in the number of skilled construction workers in the UK is currently at its highest point since 2007. The organisation further reports that, in order to get back on track, a further 200,000 workers will need to be recruited by 2020.

Construction Europe

While the United Kingdom is the territory that is experiencing the most challenging situation due to pre-pandemic skills shortage combined with not only COVID-19 but also Brexit, there are plenty of other countries around the world facing the same scenario.

So what kind of solutions might work to resolve this critical skills shortage issue?

We have been investigating this subject and discovered an excellent solution by Creating Enterprise in North Wales.

Sefton Road 1 bed pods

Let’s visit Llwyn Eirin in North Wales where this solution is currently playing out

Llwyn Eirin is named after one of the town’s most ancient products – the Denbigh Plum. It will be comprised of Passivhaus standard homes certified by Beattie Passive. Creating Enterprise are Beattie Passive’s delivery partner for North Wales. They have entered into a licence agreement to exclusively build the very best in terms of energy efficiency, carbon zero homes, certified by Beattie Passive.

Work has already started on this site. Creating Enterprise will be onsite until Autumn and the development is due to be completed in Spring 2022. Brenig Construction is the principal contractor working on behalf of Denbighshire Housing and Denbighshire Council.

On the Llywyn Eirin site and across all of their developments in North Wales, Creating Enterprise is providing sustainable employment opportunities to locals who gain skills and hopefully later go onto permanent employment.

Skills shortage issues are solved in a simple but sustainable manner

Due to the simplicity of the build system, the designs produce high performance, low-cost homes using local semi-skilled labour, solving skills shortage issues. It provides opportunities for local unemployed people who are furthest from the job market to retrain and benefit both financially and socially from a return to the workplace.

19th June progress

Trainees learn new skills whilst working alongside qualified trades in new methods of construction enabling them to better themselves and their future prospects.
Creating Enterprise believes that training and skills development of local communities (e.g. apprenticeships and work experience) are fundamental to developing long term sustainable construction solutions and this will continue to be a key focus of the partnership with Beattie Passive.

The more homes that are built like this, the more income it is possible to generate to meet the important social purpose of creating employment opportunities for tenants and the local community.

Learn about Carter and Tom’s journeys with Creating Enterprise

Carter’s Story

Carter was the first volunteer on our modular construction site in Holyhead, Anglesey. Having walked past the development every morning while taking his younger siblings to school, one day he popped in to ask for some work experience and he hasn’t looked back since. Carter gained employment with our Employment Academy as a Modular Assistant and spent a year working on developments.

“I just love it. I get on well with everyone on-site and I’m learning every day. I feel like I am a different person.”

Carter

Tom’s Journey

When Tom found himself facing redundancy as an Apprentice Joiner, he came to Creating Futures for employment support. When the Employment Academy role came up working with the Modular Solutions team, Tom jumped at the opportunity. With the support of the team he successfully applied and gained a 12-month contract working in our factory and development sites building Modular, energy-efficient Passivhaus standard homes certified by Beattie Passive.

Creating Enterprise Tom Woodward – full time joiner
Tom Woodward

“I was so grateful for this opportunity to boost my skills in a completely new area. I had never ever considered I could be building timber frame homes for local people across North Wales I was glad that I could offer the skills I’d already gained, but also have the opportunity to continue to learn: working in the factory and on the sites. I have learnt so much in my year at the Academy, gaining valuable experience and training I have enjoyed coming to work every day and being part of such a great team.

My mentor supported me throughout and gave me the confidence to apply for a permanent position when it came up with Creating Enterprise. I was successful with my application  and now have a permanent position with an organisation where I can continue to learn and develop my skills alongside a supportive onsite team.”

Tom Woodward

Tom Woodward successfully came through the Academy and has now joined the Creating Enterprise team in a permanent position as a full-time multi-trade joiner and is currently working on the Glanrafon development site.

A win-win situation that is solving an issue and changing lives

This skills shortage solution is not only resolving an important issue but it is also changing lives. Not only does it change the lives of people like Carter and Tom, but it also touches the lives of the local people who will live in these homes.

These Beattie Passivhaus standard homes offer significant benefits to the occupant:

  • Reduced heating bills by up to 80%
  • Healthier homes as fresh filtered air reduce respiratory health issues such as asthma and hay fever.
  • No draughts and limited overheating.
  • Consistent temperatures.
  • Peace and quiet due to high soundproofing.
  • Less dust
  • Superior standards of fire, flood and Radon gas protection

Creating Enterprise has devised a win-win situation!

About the author

Jackie De Burca

Creative director, author, podcaster, presenter and media consultant. De Burca’s first podcast, Creative Places and Faces, is ranked in the top two percent of all podcasts worldwide, by Listen Notes. She is also director of the award-winning digital agency, CWA with a client list that includes the construction industry. Over the years, she has developed creative concepts and written scripts for a series of health and safety videos, which were key to upgrading the safety practices of many companies.

As well as producing and directing, De Burca also teaches media to private and college students. She is committed to sustainability and connected to the environment, and its potential to nurture our lives.

De Burca is the author of Salvador Dalí at Home and the creator of Travel Inspires.

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  • Passivhaus certification is a crucial part of the Passivhaus process that ensures quality assurance, and is conducted by qualified independent third party certifiers. Beattie Passive are not Passivhaus certifiers, therefore, they cannot certify Passivhaus projects. Their modular building system is a certified Passivhaus component – but this alone does not guarantee a certified Passivhaus building. For more on Passivhaus certification please visit: https://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/certification.php

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