Pembrokeshire College is building a reputation of attracting females into vocational courses that are traditionally taken by males. Chelbie Jones, 17 from Pembroke, is just one of many helping push females into the forefront of the construction industry. Chelbie is a second year carpentry apprentice who has benefited greatly by the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme that is supported by ‘Cyfle Building Skills’.
Cyfle (which is Welsh for opportunity) Building Skills, aims to provide a service, which supports young adults into sustainable employment within the construction industry. It has been set up to help employers who want to support the development of skills but are not in a position to offer a full term apprenticeship.
“Chelbie is benefitting greatly from the work experience that she is gaining through Morganstone, which has a exemplary track record churning out high calibre apprentices,” said Paul Falzon from Cyfle.
Paul Falzon encouraged Chelbie to apply to become a CITB Construction Ambassador in Bridgend recently. After several presentations and competing against other apprentices, Chelbie was awarded the task of ambassador. During the next year she will be expected to represent females in construction at local schools, college open days and construction events.
Currently placed and working for Morganstone Construction in Pembroke, Chelbie is already laying floors, hanging joists on roofs and using heavy-duty cutting machinery. “Originally I wanted to study Travel and Tourism, but fortunately I didn’t get one of my grades so I chose Carpentry, and I haven’t looked back since. The boys on site treat me as an equal, there is always plenty of healthy banter!” said Chelbie.
‘The future is bright for Chelbie, she is a great role model for those young women who want to learn new skills that are not stereotypical and for those eager to break through barriers,’ commented Paul Falzon.