After impressing at a series of interviews, Syma then completed a two-week training course at Breyer’s partner training facility (Trade Skills Academy) in Harold Wood. There she tried her hand at plastering, plumbing and tiling and she excelled as expected. Breyer was able to facilitate full-time employment at REDS10 (Breyer’s apprenticeship training agency for almost three years).
Syma has now completed her level 2 NVQ in Plumbing and is considering progressing her education with a level 3 NVQ.
Breyer is proud to have Syma working (as part of the agreement with REDS10) with its Responsive and Repairs Maintenance arm Breyer B-Line. Syma has also been able to work in her local community (Southern Housing group), which is a long-standing customer of the Breyer B-Line.
Syma continues to succeed and impress and during her work at Southern Housing Group has had some extremely positive feedback from residents that respond well to her being a local resident.
Community Development Manager at Breyer, Roy Ramrutton said:
“Syma is an shining example of how the industry has changed and the opportunities that are now available for women. She is committed, hard-working and fantastic with residents making her a great ambassador for the company and other women that want to get into the construction industry”.
Syma Khatun said:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey into construction. I have learnt a lot from my apprenticeship training and the mentor provided by Breyer B-Line. I have gained a huge amount of confidence through the whole process and I am proud to be one of the only female plumbers in the industry”.
Syma recently received the coveted ‘apprentice of the Year’ award from REDS10, which was presented by the Duke of York.
See Syma talk about her journey into construction on youtube: http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=rFyQ8ZywC60