The Brandon Energy Efficient Program (BEEP) is administered through the non-profit organization Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (BNRC). BEEP seeks to improve energy and water efficiency of existing homes and also builds energy and water efficient affordable housing in Brandon and surrounding communities. The BEEP experience provides carpentry skill training to individuals with limited work experience to prepare them for the labour force.
BEEP's Impact on People in Our Community
"I have gained lots of experience since I started here at BEEP. I am going to school for my GED, and working towards my apprenticeship in carpentry." - Harry Blacksmith, BEEP Tier II employee
"BEEP knew I had trouble with the law, but hired me anyway to keep me out of trouble earning a wage, learning lots about a trade I enjoy. BEEP helped me find an affordable place to live, and I like how my future looks." - Matthew Elk, BEEP trainee
Since inception in June 27 until October 31, 2014:
- All trainees were previously unemployed and/or on EI or EIA
- 117 trainees have benefited from BEEP training
- 42 participants have gained full-time employment in the labour force
- 11 participants have pursued further education
- There are currently 20 participants (12 trainees, 6 Tier II's, and 2 Apprentices)
- Annual payroll supports 25 positions and injects $1 million into the Brandon Community.
Manitoba Housing Deep Retrofits - Westaway Bay
BEEP expects to complete all 25 duplexes on Westaway Bay by December 2014. BEEP crews were trained in level 3 asbestos removal for this project, for the removal of exterior stucco (containing a small amount of asbestos). New windows, wall insulation and siding are installed on all the units, roofs are stripped, and new shingles, eaves troughs, soffit and fascia are installed.