On Tuesday 29th November 2016, Berkeley held its first ever Apprentice Awards at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. The awards recognise individuals and businesses who have demonstrated their commitment to apprenticeships. It is part of a wider campaign by Berkeley to encourage more people into construction.
The winners were chosen from 104 submissions for the 13 different awards by a panel of judges including 2 former apprentices, David Blyth and Max Tullett, and winner of a 2016 Women in Build award, Rachel Darvall.
The Berkeley Group has committed to have at least 1,500 people across our workforce in apprenticeships or training by April 2018. These Apprentice Awards are the next step in our campaign to celebrate and develop talent in our business and make it easier for people to build their careers working for Berkeley.
The Government has set a target of 3 million new apprentices by 2020. They are also introducing an apprenticeship levy in April 2017 to encourage companies to increase the number they employ. But the most important ingredient involves talking to people. We have to communicate the benefits of working in our industry. We need to show people that apprenticeships are a great long term investment in your career.
"What I really want is to inspire young people. Make them an offer. Show them that building and construction is worthwhile and fun. It's something you can be passionate about, as well as place you can make good money." Tony Pidgley, CBE Chairman of the Berkeley Group.
Find out more about changes to policy - Apprenticeships: finding the talent to fuel our industry