Tara Clancy has been given a new lease of life since gaining a place on a skills academy at one of our development sites.
Mum-of-two Tara, pictured, has joined GallifordTry Partnerships’ Skills Academy at the former Southway Primary site in Bampfylde Way, Southway.
GallifordTry Partnerships is building 95 homes for us at the site – 55 for affordable rent and 40 for shared ownership.
The site also includes a skills academy, which aims to encourage the long-term unemployed back into work by offering work placements, full-time work and apprenticeships and aims to give learners basic theoretical and practical training on a live construction site.
Tara, a PCH resident, said: “I’ve always enjoyed DIY. I’d help friends and family with decorating but now my two children are at school and nursery and I’ve got more time, I’m keen to find work in the construction industry.”
As well as working on site, they also take part in work in the local community.
Tara joined fellow learners at the Southway Community Centre where she helped install fence posts.
The fence is part of improvement works to the Centre, where the academy is creating an outside play space for children which will keep them away from the car parking area. Other works include a memorial garden wall which will host a new graffiti mural.
GallifordTry Partnerships are currently building homes at our other Southway site too, the former Southway Campus site in Skerries Road.
Staff from GallifordTry Partnerships also attended an assembly at Beechwood Primary School to talk about the importance of building site safety.
Communities Manager Sarah Walkup updated the children on the work at both sites and got pupil Alfie Smith, pictured, to model safety wear.
She also asked them to come up with names for the new roads on the Southway Primary site with the help of their teachers and parents.
Headteacher Lisa Evans said: “We have seen the houses built so quickly, it’s fascinating for the children. The reception class especially love seeing the dumper trucks and tractors moving around.”