This year, 35 new recruits joined our annual graduate & trainee induction, which was held over two days at the Denham Grove hotel in Denham, Middlesex.
The aim of the event is to bring together newly recruited graduates, trainees, industrial placement students and apprentices for a company induction. The two-day induction provides the recruits with an opportunity to increase their awareness of the operational activities and corporate values that underpin the BAM brand. The event helps to set out expectations and introduces them to the professional development programmes available to them, providing knowledge which will assist with their overall development as young managers. It also provides an opportunity for them to network and meet the heads of our different business units and members of the board.
BAM Executive Director Richard Bailey kicked the event off with a close-up look at BAM Construct UK's strategy, and our positioning within the wider BAM Group. Five of BAM’s senior managers from different disciplines, including IT, design management, surveying and project management, then hosted a speed-dating style workshop. This helped highlight the variety of career paths on offer within BAM and gave useful hints and tips to achieving success.
We also invited Gill Trodden from the Chartered Institute of Building and Jon Lever from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to the event. They were able to introduce their professional development programmes, and explained the process and benefits of working towards a chartered membership of a professional body.
In the afternoon XPG Events, led by Desmond Feehily, ran fun team building activities in the grounds of the hotel. The activities were designed to test the capabilities of the new recruits compared to the skills that underlie BAM’s new competency framework. The activities required the recruits to work in teams to implement strategies in order to complete tasks, all against a strict deadline. Luckily, aside from a small shower, we managed to stay dry!
Day 1 was completed with dinner and a quiz, expertly held together by the quiz master himself Chris Jones, BAM’s Director of Learning and Development. Congratulations to the team “Three Men and a Lady” for their deserved victory!