Our Goals

BSEL was formed in 1985 in response to growing unemployment in the UK. It is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee and a registered charity. BSEL helps the unemployed obtain work in a number of ways along with supporting Scouting in the Berkshire area.

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Having provided NVQ’s and BTEC’s to customers and management sector for those in apprenticeships for those in many years this will close at the end of March 2018. We have been a successful sub-contractor to Buckingham County Council, but they no longer receive funding from the Skills and Funding Agency.

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Support Worker

Disabilities can limit job opportunities greatly but they can be overcome. Support workers can assist with day to day tasks the client cannot complete alone and would limit their job prospects. By negating the client’s disability through support and assistance, Support Worker Ltd empowers the disabled and improves the range of jobs they can perform.
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We believe in preparing young people of all ages for the rigors of adult life. Scouting allows children and young adults to build confidence, learn life skills such as first aid or even computer programming and make friends while experiencing a diverse and active lifestyle. We assist the Scouts both locally and with their international efforts to help further the cause.
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It was very disappointing to learn in May that the Government had pulled the funding from the Skills Agency to the Providers, Buckingham County Council, which allowed them to provide apprentices training by non-funded agencies, that is to say, by charities. Our contract to provide apprentice training will therefore come to an end in April 2018.

This means that we now only have some minor activities alongside our Support Worker company. It will be a challenge to our new management committee to see whether it is possible to obtain funding and once again offer training to young people who due to their economic or social need help to gain employment.

At our 32nd Annual General Meeting, held in May we received the resignation of Bob Stiff MBE and we want to place on record our appreciation of Bob’s service to the company. Not only his role of Director and Trustee since 1992 but also as Company Treasurer for many years. We welcome the election of new members of the General Council which is mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter.

Alan K B Beavis
OBE Chairman

Connect with us

Berkshire Scout Enterprises Limited, Barn 5, Gravelly Bridge Farm, Grazeley Green Road, Grazeley, RG7 1LG.
Telephone: 0118 988 4077
Email: enquiries@bsel.org.uk

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