A construction company has teamed up with a group helping people with learning disabilities to find work.
Award-winning specialist public sector contractor Bermar joined forces with REAL Employment to enable one of its clients, Kyle Mitchell, to gain work experience.
Now he is undertaking paid employment through Bermar to work on a major refurbishment of Kirklees Council’s Civic 1 in Huddersfield.
Bermar has 40 years experience in the Yorkshire construction industry and is one of only eight chartered building companies in the region.
The Bradford-based firm, which has turnover approaching £10m, works on schemes in sectors including education, housing, health and community buildings.
Samantha Hunter, of Bermar Building said: “The company has dedicated scheme champions responsible for ensuring everyone involved in a project receives excellent communication and involvement.
“These roles range from on-site health and safety information and site set-ups, school competitions and visits, work with local communities and general PR involvement.
“This year, we discussed branching out and working with local communities around employment, training and work placement initiatives.”
She said: “Having had a previous back ground in social care, I chose to make links with the supported agencies in the region and looked to work with marginalised groups to help give opportunities that may sometimes be hard to find.”
Samantha teamed up with Jayne Lodge, of REAL Employment to help its clients access opportunities in the work place.
REAL Employment put forward Kyle as a candidate for work experience and after interviewing him, Bermar offered him a two-week work placement at the Civic 3 building in Huddersfield town centre.
“He proved himself to be reliable and hard working,” said Samantha. “He was given a written reference from myself at the end of the placement. This summer, our successful placement was offered paid employment through Bermar to work on Civic 1.”
Kyle has been involved in several aspects of construction, working with a demolition team, labouring and assisted bricklayers.
“Both organisations are supporting him through his employment to ensure this is sustainable and successful for his future,” said Samantha.”Collaborative working has proven to be a great success and the way forward for businesses to find good employees and build strong links with the local community.”
REAL Employment, with offices at Market Street in Huddersfield and Commercial Street, Batley, has been helping people with learning disabilities into work for the past 25 years and has build up good working relationships with a number of employers.
Said Jayne: “REAL offers customers a unique package of support to help them to gain and maintain employment in the ‘open’ jobs market.
“The service offers a range of support to both employers and to its customers. Support includes job matching, health and safety advice and training, interview help, one-to-one help, on-the-job training, continued monitoring and support, benefits advice, job breakdowns and work routines, risk assessment and relationship building in the workplace.”
Jayne said: “When Sam contacted me I saw this as a fabulous opportunity for REAL Employment service to get involved and link up.
“From meeting up with Sam we worked very closely and did a job analysis of the type of work experience expected. This enabled me to identify and do a suitable job match for Kyle.
“As a result of this excellent working relationship this gave Kyle an opportunity to gain valuable work experience – and all credit to his hard work and dedication to the job and the involvement from Sam. This moved into a six month contract providing him with paid employment with Bermar Building.”