JOBSEEKERS have got just days left to enter an innovative competition which could land them a paid job in the construction industry.
The deadline for this year’s Next Steps competition is up on Tuesday, May 31st.
The competition – which is open to men and women – gives people the chance to win a two-year minimum paid construction apprenticeship with Llanelli-based building company Lloyd and Gravell Ltd.
Next Steps is being run in partnership by Lloyd and Gravell, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property Services division, Coleg Sir Gar and Carmarthenshire Construction and Training Association Ltd (CCTAL).
Anyone aged 16 or over and living in Carmarthenshire can enter.
Those shortlisted will be invited for interview in June, and those who make it through the next stage will be put through six weeks of on-site construction training with skilled tradesmen during July and August.
They will learn basic skills in trades including bricklaying, carpentry and plastering, and will take part in challenges to test their ability to learn new skills, with a series of rewards and forfeits as an incentive.
A winner will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at Parc Y Scarlets in August, and they will start their first day ‘on the job’ just days later.
Any runners-up that really impress during the process of the competition may also be given further opportunities by other local contracting companies.
Kevin Gravell, a director at Lloyd and Gravell Ltd, said: “This competition gives local people a unique chance to compete for a job in a difficult employment market.
“We ran the competition for the first time last year and the winner, Iwan Thomas, is still employed with us and progressing well.
“We’re really looking forward to running it again this year and putting this year’s candidates through their paces.”
Application forms and further information are available on Lloyd and Gravell’s website www.lloydandgravell.co.uk or on Carmarthenshire County Council’s website www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk.
You can also find further information by searching for ‘Next Steps Carmarthenshire’ on Facebook or ‘NextSteps2011’ on Twitter.