A construction apprentice will be showing a special group of visitors around The Box building site this week to help tell another important side of its story – creating jobs and opportunities.
Dylan Gilbery will be leading a hard hat tour for the city’s Brexit, Infrastructure and Legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee around the building site of Plymouth’s flagship cultural attraction, where he is now employed.
The committee want to see for themselves the work going on at the £40 million attraction, which once built, will house a multitude of collections, galleries and become a destination for locals and visitors alike.
Councillor Jonny Morris, chair of the committee said: “Dylan’s story is hugely important in this amazing journey behind the Box. It is not just about creating an incredible cultural destination, it is bringing jobs, raising aspirations and bringing skills into the economy – something we as a committee are very conscious of.
“We will be looking at the Box in detail as part of our work as critical friend, so want to see for ourselves the scale and ambition of the project as well as understand its complexities.”
Dylan was flipping burgers last year when he visited the Building Plymouth Job Shop on Mayflower Street and said he wanted to work in the construction industry.
He was interviewed for the South West Shared apprentice scheme and Willmott Dixon and offered an apprenticeship. He finishes his course in 2019 and has ambitions to get on Willmott Dixon management trainee scheme to study at degree level.
On site Dylan looks after the brick layers and carpentry works, ordering materials and inspecting plant deliveries. He also carries out the hard hat tours and prepares the weekly newsletter which gets distributed to council members.
The city’s Brexit, Infrastructure and Legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee will consider the Box in detail at a meeting in September including its impact on the wider city and how the team has engaged with residents. The Box team has been talking to over 29,000 a year. The construction currently has around 120 people on the site – that’s Plymouth builders working on a site and around 70 per cent of the contractors are from the PL postcode.
The main aim of scrutiny is to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Cabinet and decision makers in order to promote better services, policies and decisions. It works in a similar way to parliamentary select committees.
For the latest on the Box visit https://plymhearts.org/thebox/project-news/