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Housing group Adra launches training academy

Housing provider Adra has unveiled its new training academy, Academi Adra, designed to support more than 60 young people to develop new skills and access work opportunities across North Wales by 2022, through apprenticeships, work placements, graduate placements and trainee schemes.

According to Business Live, Adra is kicking off its first two placements this February as part of the national Kickstart Scheme, creating work opportunities for 16- to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The housing group also recently took on four new apprentices – one electrical, one plumber and two painter and decorators – within its Repairs and Maintenance team, adding to the several other apprentices currently working on its asset management programme and new build construction sites.

Caleb Khan, who is studying for a City & Guilds Level 2, NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations (Construction) at Coleg Llandrillo Menai, said, “Adra has given me a fantastic opportunity to develop my skills as an apprentice, working with an experienced painter and decorator at Adra’s homes.

“I’m extremely grateful for this chance and would like to thank Adra for their support.”

One local SME working with Adra on its investment programme is construction company Williams Homes Bala, which also recently announced the launch of their Apprentice Academy, providing up to 10 new apprentice opportunities in the region.

Owain Williams, Joint Managing Director of Williams Homes Bala, said, “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Adra with the aim of providing more opportunities for local people.”