Enrolling In The Future

After a successful delivery of an onsite construction training programme for twenty Centrepoint residents Chas Berger is pleased to announce we have appointed a full time apprentice from the trainees.


Over 80,000 young people experience homelessness every year, with many missing out on an education or the opportunity of vocational training, which then becomes an imposing barrier to getting back into an independent way of living.

Chas Berger is committed to providing training and employment opportunities. Working in partnership with Centrepoint and the Construction Youth Trust we developed a 16 week construction training programme for twenty Centrepoint residents. The programme was held at one of our live sites, The Heights and it provided the trainees with real life work experience and practice across all the main trades.

We are proud to confirm that one of the trainees, Ryan Bates (pictured), has now been offered a full apprenticeship of his choice. Ryan will be working across a range of trades over the next nine months at Chas Berger before enrolling on his trade of preference in September 2015.

A member of the Chas Berger team who can vouch for the success rate of apprenticeship scheme is the Site Manager for The Heights, Shaun Forsyth, pictured with Ryan. Shaun began his career at 16 as an apprentice carpenter and is now site managing works with a construction value of over £5M.

Robin Rex, Managing Director said: “Together with Centrepoint and the Construction Youth Trust, we can pride ourselves on introducing young, disadvantaged people to a career choice that they may have never considered possible. By offering life-changing opportunities to these young people, the imposing barriers built up through homelessness and inexperience can start to be broken down paving the way to a brighter future.”

 Nicola Mason London Project Co-ordinator for the Construction Youth Trust said: ‘Working with Chas Berger has been a very positive experience for both Construction Youth Trust and its students. They were supportive, helpful and patient to ensure students got the most out of the on site experience. In particular, the site manager and contracts manager on site were very supportive, which makes me confident that Ryan will be well looked after during his apprenticeship. I am looking forward to seeing how Ryan progresses and grow within the company.’