Breyer Group is also passionate about young people achieving worthwhile qualifications as well as on the job training. It’s 360o Apprenticeship programme received national recognition, “Highly Commended”, at the National Apprenticeships Awards ceremony last year, beating hundreds of other large employers in the London region for its approach and commitment to Apprentices. Last year ten per cent of Breyer employees were enrolled on the apprenticeship programme and that will grow to fifteen per cent this year. In the Havering Borough specifically Breyer Group has recruited three apprentices from the Havering region (Zach Olujimi, Jamie Fox & Gemma Biddlecombe). All candidates will be enrolled onto an apprenticeship or even a HNC whilst being supported and guided by skilled and experienced members of their team.
As part of the Government’s Get Britain Working Initiative, Breyer Group, supported by the local Job Centre, provided seven work placements for young people in roles across the business last year. Six were employed on fixed-term contracts and one full time member of staff. All are bright, young, enthusiastic Havering Borough residents. Below, Amy and Nathalie share their experiences and how these work placements have benefited them.
Work Experience Placements: Amy's perspective:
Work Experience Placements: Nathalie's perspective:
Breyer Group has an important relationship with the Trade Skills Academy who are also based in Harold Wood. The Centre provides the facility for Breyer to deliver its funded two-week construction taster courses. Young and hopeful applicants get put through their paces at the centre and those who stay the course and graduate from the centre go on to become fully fledged apprentices at Breyer. Since acquiring the Havering Responsive Repairs Contract we plan to integrate the centre further into Breyer Group as a principle training provider for Entry Level Trade Apprentices.
Breyer Group has long standing relationships with a great number of local businesses and wherever possible will always “buy local”. This policy has led the company to invest £4.2 million in local (Havering based) contractors and subcontractors in the last year alone. Businesses such as: The Havering Fencing Co, C& Group, Cranegates, J Fitch Flooring, Avalon, Pink Scaffolding, Moderna Contacts and Nicholls & Clarke.
Breyer is proud of its Havering roots. It has long been an important member of the community and will be for years to come. Over fifteen per cent of its staff live within the borough which is one of many reason why it does what it does.