08 April 2020
sponsored by CoTrain
Bennett Construction (BC) is an award-winning construction company that aims to continually invest in modern business practices and management techniques with apprenticeships forming a key part of their strategy.
BC aim to be responsible and responsive to their local communities - integrating national and local perspectives, with effective management of resources for a better quality of life. They work in collaboration with local borough councils and colleges to provide routes into the construction industry for local residents. This provides both short-term work experience (including students at various stages of education) and long-term apprenticeship opportunities for local people trying to gain confidence and skills to progress in their chosen careers.
BC promotes a policy of local employment and appoints 20% of its workforce from the local area. Apprenticeships are an important way for BC and their subcontractors to develop talent. They commit to a number of apprenticeship positions available at each stage of the build process ranging from groundworks, bricklaying, dry-lining, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and painting/decorating. They also engage with local schools and arrange guided site visits with practical presentations to promote the industry. And they actively seek motivated and talented people to join their organisation by attending local recruitment and job events in their project's local area.
Apprentices at BC develop their practical skills and knowledge while also attending college, with full support from the management team. A member of their direct management team is appointed as a mentor to oversee the process, providing guidance based on their own experience.
Regular progress meetings are held with management and apprentice providers ensuring the apprentices are exposed to a wide range of activities to develop their knowledge and skills.
All apprentices are required to complete the Bennett Construction Ltd Human Focus online training courses. This training includes; fire safety, working at height, manual handling, hazardous substances and display screen works. They also support local training organisations by providing building materials and tools required to develop their trainees.
“Bennett Construction has been a great supporter of the GLLiC program(Greenwich Local Labour in Construction) 6-week boot camp. They have provided several work placements and apprenticeship opportunities that have benefited our local residents. Bennett Construction has also provided materials for the boot camp which has helped candidates to complete tiling and brickwork projects, as part of their L1 Multicraft qualification.”
Aklak Ahmed, Construction Coordinator, Royal Borough of Greenwich
About the Apprenticeship Initiative Award: Sponsored by CoTrain
The SECBE Awards team look for organisations and schemes that: inspire and encourage people into the industry, actively and innovatively develop a sustainable workforce through apprenticeships, provide a secure foundation for successful careers, have innovative infrastructure to support training, and demonstrate continuous training and development and structured monitoring.