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Project manager apprenticeship launched

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THE CONSTRUCTION department at Pembrokeshire County Council has announced it is recruiting for its first apprentice.

The new role of Apprentice Project Manager will see the successful applicant working within a team of construction professionals including architects, quantity surveyors and energy officers.

Recent projects completed by the team include the flagship Glan-yr-Afon library and cultural centre in Haverfordwest, Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School in Pembroke and Ysgol Caer Elen in Haverfordwest.

Darren Thomas, Head of Infrastructure, said: “Taking on an apprentice in project management offers many advantages all round. They earn while they learn and develop work skills essential for the successful delivery of projects. It is a positive step for us and shows a commitment to supporting learning and development.”

The successful applicant will assist members of the team on different projects as well as shadowing the project manager of each discipline on the delivery of projects, from inception to completion.

At the same time, he or she will receive training from Cadcentre UK Ltd, with view to achieving a Project Management Level 4 Diploma.

Architect Maria Jones said: “We have always known the importance of having staff with a broad range of ages and experience, and providing them with a supportive environment in which to develop their skills.

“For example, one of our project managers came to us for two-days-a-week- work experience just over 10 years ago, and is now project managing the multi-million pound Haverfordwest High VC School project.”

Cllr Phil Baker, Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure, said it was a fantastic opportunity for a young person to gain entry into sustainable employment within the construction industry.

“Modern apprenticeships are very different,” he added. “The opportunity to have real project experience while undertaking training is invaluable.”

For more information, please visit:

https://ams.careerswales.com/Public/Vacancies/View.aspx?vid=44727

 

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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat

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THE CONSERVATIVES have held on to their Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat despite Labour closing the gap.

Sam Kurtz will take over the seat from the outgoing Angela Burns who held a majority of 3,400 at the last election.

This time, the gap was just 936 to Labour’s Hassan Riaz who picked up 10,304 votes.

Plaid Cymru’s Cefin Campbell picked up 6,615 votes.

The turnout in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was slightly up to 52.12% from 51.2% in 2016.

However, with a larger electorate thanks to votes for 16/17-year-olds, the number of votes cast went up by almost 3,000.

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Paul Davies re-elected as Conservatives hold Preseli Pembrokeshire

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PAUL DAVIES has been re-elected to represent the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

He won with 12,295 votes, while there were 10,895 votes for Labour’s Jackie Jones.

Plaid Cymru candidate Cris Tomos gained just over 6,000 votes and there were also 1,239 for Reform UK candidate Alan Dennison.

There were over 3000 more votes cast in 2016, down largely in part to the fact that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour received more votes than before while the gap to Labour closed to just 1,400.

After being elected, Paul Davies said he would continue to ‘fight for Pembrokeshire’ and thanked those who had been involved in his campaign.

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Former Cardigan Castle director sentencing delayed

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THE SENTENCING of a former director of Cardigan Castle who has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft totalling over £40,000 has been delayed.

Former director, Jac Davies, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft was due to be sentenced on Wednesday (May 4) at Swansea Crown Court – but has now been delayed.

Davies who held the £40,000 a year post fraudulently obtained £33,098.75 and stole a further £7,932.97 from the award winning restoration project..

Davies held his position at Cardigan Castle from September 2017 to November 2019.

The defendant has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining £4,143.20 from the castle on December 21, 2017.

Again Davies admitted to fraudulently obtaining £28,955.55 between February 4, 2019 and November 3, 2019.

Two further charges of theft were also admitted – one charge of  theft from the castle of £1,908.18 between May 2, 2018 and May 24, 2019 and a further charge of theft from Cardigan Castle Enterprises to the sum of £6,024.79.

Dyfed-Powys Police conducted a year long investigation after being contacted by the castle board of directors.

Financial discrepancies were identified during financial monitoring.

An internal investigation was launched and Davies left his position within the castle in October 2019 following a disciplinary process.

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