On 10th October 2017 we hosted the second annual Berkeley Group Apprentice Awards, Find out about the winners.
There are some incredible people working in construction - people of all ages, backgrounds and experience.
The following awards recognise the individuals and businesses who have gone that extra mile, demonstrating their commitment to apprenticeships. From plumbers to electricians, post-build and support services to apprentice champions, we want to celebrate the rising stars involved with Berkeley and all of the businesses that we work with.
Working in construction is a worthwhile and exciting career where you can earn good money. It offers a vast range of jobs to a wide range of people. But many people don't know this. So we have to get out there and inspire people, explaining all the opportunities available whatever your age or background.
There are also policies we need to understand and debate together, from the Apprenticeship Levy to further education funding and Section 106 obligations.
Finally, these awards are part of a campaign to celebrate and develop talent in our business and make it easier for people to build their careers working for the Berkeley Group. We are committed to having at least 1,500 people across our workforce in apprenticeships or training by April 2018.
"I want to make sure that every single person who wants to learn a skill or a trade in our industry has a chance to make that happen. We are all responsible for the future of the construction industry and we really need to step up to the mark." Rob Perrins, Chief Executive
"The Berkeley Group is at the forefront of apprenticeships and training policy and is setting a very high standard for similar organizations to follow.
"My apprenticeship was the beginning of an exciting journey that contributed to success in life and business. It gave me a solid platform to launch my career, create a multimillion pound organization and win the BBC's The Apprentice in 2016, gaining Lord Alan Sugar as a business partner.
"It is vital that organisations, such as the Berkeley Group, hold these wonderful events to celebrate apprentices' achievements and continue to raise the profile of the apprenticeships as a worthwhile and rewarding career choice for young people to consider seriously"
- Joseph Valente, winner of BBC's The Apprentice 2016, and now Managing Director of ImpraGas
As with many SME businesses in the construction sector, the management team at Brenbar had their doubts about the benefits of employing apprentices. But after adopting practical apprenticeship policies Dale Brennan, Managing Director of the electrical services company talks about how apprentices have boosted his business.