The Breyer Group Launch their QS Academy in Partnership with the Mayors Construction Academy

The Mayor’s Construction Academy hub at LSBU seeks to “join the dots” and connect people together to help address the construction skills shortages that exist in south London. Collaborative working and strong partnerships instigated by Amanda Winder MCA Hub-Coordinator via the MCA LSBU has forged the unique partnership between Liz Obertelli, Community Development Manager, Breyer Group and Bola Abisogun OBE, BSc(Hons), MA CostE, PrQS, MCIOB, FRICS, PQS, founder and Executive Director of Urbanis Limited delivering the innovative #PQS2030 initiative with support from professional bodies including RICS and CIOB, the former via DiverseCity Surveyors. Both Liz Obertelli and Bola Obisogun are active members of the MCA LSBU Operations Board and are supportive of the MCA LSBU vision to establish a world class construction skills programme in south London that is employer focussed and offers talent progression from Traineeship through to higher/degree apprenticeship. At an early Operations Board meeting, we heard how one employer was recruiting Quantity Surveyors from abroad as they were unable to recruit locally. The Operations Board brings together the training providers, construction employers and other interested parties together to work collaboratively to:

  • Address challenges facing construction employers in South London
  • Identify future requirements & develop programmes accordingly
  • Plan & support events to attract a more diverse workforce
  • Engage with communities to develop a job ready talent pipeline

The Breyer Foundation “Place of Change “programme has been designed to bring careers opportunities to the heart of communities, working in collaboration with existing local community partners and third-sector organisations, identifying hidden talent, whilst seeking to positively contribute to the national challenge presented by the UK skills shortage. With a strategic, research led-focus on particular client groups, we are developing sustainable partnerships to engage the BAME community and more Women into construction sector and the wider built environment.

The development of an 8-week programme will provide 12 young people aged between 18 to 24, to learn new skills including the role of the QS and pursue a Level 3 qualification, through the delivery of upto 100 hours paid training via work placement with a guaranteed interview.  Each student will have a personal QS mentor and if successful at interview will be offered a Level 3 QS Technician apprenticeship position with Breyer.

The opportunity criteria and registration to the course is being advertised at present with road shows [dates(s) to be agreed] to facilitate face-to-face, Q & A opportunities with incumbent Breyer QS Apprentice Ambassadors and the MCA LSBU.

The importance of this pilot is to provide MCA LSBU an opportunity to showcase to the wider UK construction industry that we have the ‘home-grown’ talentpool right here, hidden within and across our communities. Initiatives such as this, will actually open up and create work placements across the industry whilst simultaneously improving equality, diversity and inclusion in the surveying profession.

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