Through the Cardiff Commitment initiative, a group of young mums from Cardiff teamed up with Pinkspiration to learn basic construction skills, building Cardiff’s First Pink Beach Club on the Cardiff Bay Barrage. The ‘Transforming Spaces’ project used reclaimed materials such as wooden pallets as part of the industrial trend.The project was funded by igloo Regeneration’s Porth Teigr Community Fund and supported by Cardiff Youth Service, Cardiff Harbour Authority and Cardiff Commitment.
The idea behind the Pink Beach Club was to up-skill and empower young people and community members and help them to progress into careers in industry or further training. Currently there are only 3% of women in manual trades, 5% of women in engineering and 8% of women in haulage. Projects like this are important to the regeneration of Cardiff, addressing the gender gap in industry and creating opportunities for local people. Further investment is needed to deliver more skills based learning projects in the local community.
Since launch, Pinkspiration has upskilled more than 7,500 young people and community members. The project also featured two giant pink flamingos sponsored by Signs Express. Cardiff Council Leader, Cllr Huw Thomas, said:
“This project is a great example of how, by working with partners in the public, private and third sectors via the Cardiff Commitment, we can help connect young people in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Cardiff with the training and skills they need to achieve their full potential and contribute to the success of Cardiff’s economy.
“Construction is a growing industry in Cardiff and the skills the young women working with Pinkspiration on this project are learning are in demand. By matching people with opportunities we can help make sure the benefit of Cardiff’s economic growth are felt by all residents.”
Lisa Marie Brown, Managing Director, Pinkspiration “It was a great project and we were so excited to build and bring Cardiff’s First Pink Beach Club to the City. This will be the first of many projects with Cardiff Commitment, upskilling young people and raising aspirations.”