Cerys is building-up new skills in Serbia

A construction apprentice at Coleg Ceredigion is taking part in an international work placement where she is part of a team, building a fire station for a volunteer crew tasked to fight forest fires.

Cerys Burrill is employed as a shared carpentry apprentice with Cyfle Building Skills and will soon be part of a skilled workforce helping to construct a new build for 22 firefighters in the Serbian village of Tometino Polje.

The Shared Apprentice Scheme allows apprentices to move within various companies, offering them more experience than traditional schemes.

Cerys Burrill is currently placed with Mayes Building Contractor in Llanarth. “I’m really excited to go to Serbia where I’ll be part of the team construction external timber frames and carpentry work inside the building,” she said.

Anthony Rees, development officer for Cyfle Building Skills, based at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Ammanford campus, said: “Working overseas is an excellent opportunity for our apprenticeships and offers life-changing skills and experience.”

Coleg Sir Gâr’s Principal Fund has provided sponsorship for Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion apprentices to attend the placement.