On Friday 27th March 2015, Aaron Barrett was called up by Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor of Lewisham during the Council’s Celebrating Achievement Awards 2015 and recognised for his mentoring of Apprentices, in particular an Apprentice Plumber who is auditory impaired.
Aaron is an Apprentice Plumber who has been with Breyer Group since they were appointed by Lewisham Homes to deliver their Major Works Programme in 2011. Since his employment began with Breyer Group, Aaron has completed his Level 2 Apprenticeship Framework in Domestic Plumbing and is now working towards his Level 3 Apprenticeship in Plumbing.
He is a great role model and ambassador for Breyer Group’s highly commended 360 Degree Apprenticeship Programme.
On 27th March 2015, Construction News reported “The shortage of skilled workers to deliver construction projects in the capital is a “worry” for City Hall, one of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s closest aides has admitted.”
On behalf of Breyer Group, Aaron has attended numerous Career Fairs throughout London speaking with potential apprentices whilst promoting the Construction industry, the benefits of an apprenticeship; how it has helped him and how it is enabling him to work towards achieving his personal and career goals.
Aaron has mentored volunteers (young people) from the borough of Lewisham in the hope that this would inspire them into thinking about a career in construction via an apprenticeship route.
During National Apprenticeship Week (9th-13th March 2015), Aaron scooped two awards during Breyer Group’s very first Apprenticeship Awards where he was praised for his hard work on-site, his competency and the mentoring of another Apprentice who is currently employed by K-10 but hosted by Breyer Group.
This is in addition to Aaron winning Apprentice of the Year 2014 during last year’s Celebrating Achievement Awards.
A similar arrangement existed between Breyer Group and K-10 which produced Syma Khatun. She is now employed by Breyer B-Line as one of many female tradeswomen servicing its many Responsive Repairs Contracts.
“It is our intention to retain the best young talent such as Syma and Aaron to ensure Breyer Group’s workforce continues to deliver excellent standards in Construction within the Social Housing sector. It is through apprenticeships that we can ensure succession planning, that skills are not lost but passed to our future workforce and help reduce the ‘Worry’ of a skills shortage in areas which we work in.”
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