Apprentices from RD Group highlight future opportunities in building design and construction

Apprentices from The RD Group (which comprises RDM Electrical Services, DRS Facilities and Environmental, and EFT Consult) took part in a SkillsCymru Cardiff event at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on October 9 and 10.

With hands-on activities and skills taster sessions, the SKillsCymru Cardiff event aimed to inspire and motivate young people to consider opportunities available across Wales for their future careers.

Exhibitors demonstrated careers in key growth sectors for Wales, as well as highlighting further education and training courses to boost the job prospects of all who attended.

“I’m delighted our apprentices attended SKillsCymru to highlight the opportunities that exist for school leavers in this sector, and in EFT in particular,” said Adrian Matthews, consultant at EFT Consult, which specialises in cutting edge and innovative technologies in relation to the design and consultancy of the built environment.

“We are committed to creating apprenticeships in order to nurture the next generation of professionals in our sector. We have a special interest in driving a shift towards truly responsible building design that helps support the circular economy – something that is of vital importance to younger generations. We want to give them the chance to have a role in driving this change.”

The circular economy is an alternative to the current linear model of take, make, waste. It is designed to help organisations be more prudent with their use of resources – to reuse, recycle, regenerate, and care for the well-being of people, resources and the planet.

EFT Consult is also working BSI to create a draft version of a new Publicly Available Specification standard (PAS) to be awarded to companies in the building sector that demonstrate a commitment to the circular economy.

The standard will tie in with and meet many elements of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, which is a Welsh Government initiative focussed on improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. The initiative is designed to encourage companies to create a better working environment, help to reduce waste and improve organisational well-being.

“This initiative underlines our commitment to making the world a safe and healthy place for future generations,” said Matthews.

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