BNRC's Brandon Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) is a construction training program for individuals who have barriers to employment. 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. BEEP crews are lead by red seal carpenters and consist of trainees ranges from limited experience to apprentice level carpenters. Under the supervision of our foremen, BEEP teaches excellence in craftsmanship and produces quality, energy efficient homes.
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.
BEEP works with Manitoba Housing to update and renovate their existing units in Brandon. Projects have included exterior retrofits, interior renovations and energy efficiency upgrading and landscaping work.
BEEP is the only approved contractor in Brandon and surrounding area to complete energy upgrades through Manitoba Hydro's Power Smart Program.
BEEP has completed several housing units for CMHA's STEPP program. BEEP builds energy efficient and quality homes from the ground up so CMHA can sell them at reduced costs to first time, low income homeowners. BEEP also built a 5 plex of affordable housing units for CMHA and has done several renovations on their various properties. CMHA and BEEP continue to look for new opportunities to build new houses in Brandon, adding to our affordable housing stock.
BEEP is available to complete major and minor renovation and constuction projects. For more information about how to hire our crews, or for employment information, please contact Kristin Nickel at 204 729 2491.