On Tuesday, 4th April, Reach Society once again showcased talent in the Black community in its 7th Careers Conference. The climax of the day was the announcement of the second full scholarship for a British young man of Caribbean background seeking entry to Brunel University London in September 2018; and the new summer internship at Grace Foods for a British young woman, of the same background, who is studying at Brunel University.
Young people, aged 14 to16, in Wolverhampton and nearby areas, and their parents and carers, had the opportunity to gain invaluable information, advice and guidance from roughly two dozen professionals, from the local Black community, and a similar number of local employers at the Employability Day held on 22 February, in the iconic Molineux stadium.
Mr John Budu-Aggrey is a professional building and civil engineer with extensive experience in new build, restoration, refurbishment and conversion activities.
He worked as a project manager in Liberia for the United Nations for 8 years in the mid-1970s on a project called “Self-help Village Development Programme” which is aimed at helping rural residents to acquire life skills and alleviate poverty.
For more than ten years, 1984 to1995, John worked as a project engineer in many countries with a number of world class construction organisations including Sir Robert McAlpine, Mowlem Construction and John Laings Construction. John was awarded “Best Engineer of the Year” at Sir Robert McAlpine in three consecutive years from 1987.
After years of delivering projects, and inventing and developing new practices in the construction and engineering sectors, John decided that his real passion was in the training and developing of people with employable skills in the building engineering industry.
Consequently, in 2002 he set up Alpha BSE Training (formally known as Euro Bright) which delivered construction and engineering training programmes to more than two hundred students a day. Thousands of local residents, in boroughs east of London, have benefited from these training programmes which have helped them to gain employment and transform their lives.
In 2012, John became a trust member for London Design & Engineering UTC. This new University Technical College is intended to provide education and technical vocational training for young people, aged 14 to 19