Caerphilly carpenter returns to work on hospital where he was born
2:18pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
17-year-old apprentice carpenter Jamie Baird working on site at The Beeches Village – the former site of the Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital where he was born.
A CARPENTER from Caerphilly is helping with construction work on the old Miners’ Hospital site – 17 years after he was born there.
Jamie Baird, an apprentice who lives in Graig-Y-Rhacca, is part of the team working on The Beeches Village now under construction at the historic hospital site.
The Miners’ Hospital, which was built in 1923, was paid for by the miners of the Rhymney Valley after they each put aside 6d out of their weekly wage of 12s 6d to raise the £30,000 needed.
The new multi-million pound development of 82 local homes is being delivered through a partnership between not-for-profit organisation United Welsh and housing developer Lovell, with the support of Caerphilly County Borough Council and the Welsh Government.
Jamie, who is one of four apprentices working on site, is on the Y Prentis shared apprenticeship scheme which enables young people to complete a two-year apprenticeship programme by providing placements on construction sites.
The 17-year-old will work at the Beeches Village site until May next year.
He said: “Having been born here and still living locally, it gives me a personal connection with the site, which is really nice.
“This is the first time I’ve worked on an actual site so I’m learning all the time. I’ve already had the chance to carry out tasks including fitting a roof, building stud walls, hanging doors and putting in window sills.”
Steve Cranston, head of community investment at United Welsh, said: “This is such a great story. We have been working with local people in Caerphilly for over four years to bring back the main hospital building to its former glory as a centre for community pride alongside badly needed affordable homes.
“It doesn’t get better than giving opportunities for committed young people to help build this new community. We are delighted that Jamie and three other apprentices are able to play such a big part.”
David Gough, Lovell regional director, said: “The Miners’ Hospital itself occupied a special place at the heart of the local community. Jamie is one of a number of people born at the Miners’ Hospital now working on the new housing development and we are delighted that the scheme is providing these opportunities.
“We look forward to helping Jamie continue to develop his skills and career as a member of our team.”
Jamie is currently working towards his NVQ Level Two qualification having passed his Level One with Distinction at The College Ystrad Mynach.
From September, he will combine his training on site at The Beeches Village with day-release study at The College. On site, Jamie is supervised by Mark Davies of Kellaway Carpentry Services, who was also born at the Miners’ Hospital.
The first new homes will be ready to move into this autumn.
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