On Wednesday 4th October a group of young people and Talent Coaches visited BAM Construction UK’s head office in Salford. They had an introduction to the company and heard from a Building Information Modeller whose job it is to show clients the various proposed stages of delivery via virtual computer models.
They also heard from an Environmental Controller, whose responsibilities include ensuring that sites store chemicals correctly, rubbish is disposed of correctly and no environmental laws are broken during a construction project.
Young apprentices also shared stories of their journeys to employment, one of them taking up an apprenticeship straight out of school and who is now aspiring to complete a degree level apprenticeship.
McCrory’s Brickworks and Allied Scaffolding also talked about their entry level apprenticeships. Nisha Frizzell, Employer Engagement Officer, said: “It was encouraging to hear that what mattered most to the employers about their entry level apprentices wasn’t their qualifications but their reliability and hard-working nature.”
Karen Bygrave, former Talent Coach said: “My young person found it very informative and getting information direct from trainees and apprentices made it more meaningful to him. He was surprised about how many organisations worked with BAM in their supply chain and also the number of different career paths that were available. But what stood out the most was that BAM encouraged young people to work in several different areas so that they could identify where their interests lay and allow them to transfer to work in the area they liked best.”
Nisha concluded: “It was obvious from today that there are many different construction roles at many different levels and that whatever you choose to do BAM are keen to support young people to realise their full potential. We learned about some very interesting roles and the afternoon was finished off with a fun construction activity that had the young people showing off their teamwork skills by racing to construct the tallest and most stable tower. All in all - an excellent afternoon!”