Gavin Orson, a star of “Ffasiwn Bildar” has encouraged Welsh youngsters to take part in this year’s ‘Open Doors’ project and consider a career in the construction industry.
Open Door is an initiative run in conjunction with Build UK and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and is running from Monday June 13 to Saturday June 18.
In the recent S4C television series Ffasiwn Bildar which aims to transform the image of Welsh construction workers, 27 year old Orson won the award of Model Builder.
During the show, he took part in a number of different tasks, including carpentry, plastering and bricklaying, which saw him scoop the £3,500 cash prize as well as the opportunity to be a model in the Dickies 2016 catalogue.
Now, Orson is getting behind the Open Doors scheme and said that the campaign provides a superb opportunity for young people who are interested in a career in construction.
He said that from the age of 13 he used to visit building sites during the summer holidays and believes that doing so gave him a feel for the job.
Having recently set up his own plumbing firm, Orson added that working in construction is a great career choice because having a trade behind you means you are set up for life.
He concluded that construction work is a ‘safe bet’ when choosing a career as people will always want things building, adding that he has been busy throughout his construction career and that we are now seeing a rising number of opportunities in Wales.
CITB says that there is an urgent need for more workers in the industry, with more than 230,000 new jobs in the construction sector forecast to appear in the UK over the course of the next five year period.
The Construction Skills Network has produced figures for the next five years that estimate a creation of almost 30,000 construction jobs.