Menai Science Park begins providing employment to young people

Menai Science Park (M-SParc), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bangor University currently under development on Anglesey, has dedicated itself to providing high quality employment to the region.

This ambitious project, which is set to open its doors in 2017-18 aims to provide high quality premises for companies, and offer unique support packages to each company in order to assist them to grow. A Business Support Officer role will be advertised in the New Year, in order to provide this service. As they grow, the companies at the Park will be recruiting new staff in a variety of roles, with competitive rates. M-SParc have recently also appointed a Business Development Officer, funded by European Regional Development Funding through the Welsh Government.

As well as spending time in discussion with companies who may locate at M-SParc, staff have committed themselves to providing community benefits during the construction phase, along with their contractors Willmott Dixon. The targets set are ambitious, but realistic, and include encouraging more women into construction, engaging with young people who are at risk of unemployment, providing high level training for the local supply chain, offering internships to Bangor University students, apprenticeships on site, projects to engage with local schools in a Science and Technology context, and working with local artist to engage with community groups.

Sara Slaney

While developing the community benefits, M-SParc were approached by local graduate Sara Slaney. Sara, from Llangristiolus is an architect graduate who wanted advice on her next career steps. Following her enthusiasm for the project, and after attending several meetings with Willmott Dixon Contractors as an observer, Sara is now assisting on site as an Assistant Design Manager.

Sara said “I worked at the Management Centre, where M-SParc’s offices are currently based, and I took the opportunity to get in touch with the team. The project is very exciting, and being so close to home I felt I could really take an active role in the work. I’m enjoying my role with Willmott Dixon, and it’s certainly helping me gain experience in my Design Management role and also in Design Coordination, which I hope in future will enable me to pursue with my design career.”

David Williams of Caernarfon, Construction Manager for Willmott Dixon, said “Sara is extremely keen to learn as much as she can, and her enthusiasm lends itself well to the role of Assistant Design Manager”

Pryderi ap Rhisiart, M-SParc project manager, states “The community benefits are not just a token gesture for us. It is very important to us that the Science Park provides benefits for local people, and the wider community, in whatever way we can. As well as providing new office and laboratory space, we are providing opportunities for the region that haven’t previously been available. In doing so, we hope to prevent companies and young people from having to leave the area to seek the right premises and the right employment.”

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