Beal Homes and CatZero join forces to provide training

Beal Homes and CatZero join forces to provide training

Beal Homes has teamed up with youth development charity CatZero to offer a young person an apprenticeship.

The partnership is a first for CatZero as it will support its ongoing programmes while offering a training opportunity, and potentially employment, to one of the participants.

CatZero works across the Humber with young people who struggle to access education and find employment for a variety of reasons, such as broken homes, drugs, abuse or crime.

CatZero’s programmes are designed to build confidence and aspirations in young people, aged between 16 and 24, with a series of tasks aimed at putting participants’ lives on track and preparing them for the world of work.

Richard Beal, chairman and managing director of Beal Homes, said: "We have been very impressed with CatZero’s work but wanted to do something a little different.

"In addition to providing financial support for CatZero’s programmes, we wanted to make a real difference to a young person’s life – someone who may be from a disadvantaged background, have struggled in mainstream education or gone off the rails for a variety of reasons.

"By working with CatZero we can give someone a really valuable opportunity, supported by an extensive package of training."

Beal Homes employs almost 200 local staff, including 150 skilled craftsmen, and is deeply committed to training and development of staff at all levels and in all roles. The business currently has 10 young people on apprenticeship programmes, both site-based and in office roles, and this is ever-expanding as the company grows.

Mr Beal added: "We’re very proud of the success of our apprenticeship programmes. We have put lots of young people through apprenticeships in construction trades over many years and have more recently extended our programmes to also include office and administrative positions.

"In working with CatZero to select the young person for an apprenticeship we will also identify the most appropriate area or areas for them to work, train and develop within the business."

Dave Bertholini, CatZero’s director of operations, said: "We always find exposing our young people to the excellent local companies we work with is highly valuable and beneficial, so we’re delighted to be working so closely with Beal Homes on this partnership."