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Enthusiastic employees took part in the ‘Tour De Bellway’ by cycling on static bikes with each division aiming to cycle 80 miles in a day. The winning office division, who completed the distance in the fastest time was the Group Head Office with a fantastic time of 2 hours: 42 minutes. In addition, staff members competed to find the Individual Sprint Champion in a 15 minute time trial, as well as the division which could cycle the furthest distance beyond the 80 mile target. Sasha O’Neill scooped the title of fastest cyclist with a distance of 8.4 miles in 15 minutes, whilst the North London division cycled an incredible distance of 189 miles in one day!
The staff used the opportunity to raise valuable funds which will go toward training young people to help them find work in the construction industry. The young people Construction Youth Trust work with often come from challenging backgrounds, such as Ryan Weston - an unemployed 18 year old from Lambeth, who met the Trust through Jobcentre Plus. Although Ryan had previously earned a level 1 qualification in construction skills he had struggled to find employment following a period of homelessness. After signing up to a Construction Youth Trust programme he successfully completed a 2 weeks work placement with WJ a UK-wide road marking specialist, and impressed them so much he was then offered a road marking apprenticeship.
It’s stories like this which show the value of the support from companies such as Bellway Homes, who have been supporting Construction Youth Trust as one of its celebrated charities of the year. The Trust is close to the hearts of Bellway employees, many of whom themselves began their careers through training and apprenticeships with the company.
Speaking about the partnership, Bellway CEO Ted Ayres commented “Through fundraising and events we aim to support the work of the Trust and help to ensure that they can continue to provide training and support for those looking to join the construction industry.”
Working with young people between the ages of 14-30, we provide access to training and employment to those who lack adequate entry level training, where there is a local skills need, in deprived communities and with specific social groups.
Construction Youth Trust Executive Director, Christine Townley said about the partnership: “We’re so excited about having the support of Bellway. The donation from this event and Bellway Homes will help us to help more young people develop the skills, experience and confidence they need to build their own better futures”