Maddie Field, an Assistant Project Surveyor from Bromley said of the visit: “It was a great surprise as we understood we were there to meet an MP, not the Prime Minister! They were very interested in our apprentice experience and emphasised it was something they were keen to promote within government.”
Hertfordshire’s Tyler Uys, Apprentice Building Services Manager, said: “It was a pleasure to be given the opportunity to meet and talk with the Prime Minister and Secretary of State Grant Shapps as part of National Apprenticeship week. It’s not every day you get the chance to voice your opinion about the importance of apprenticeships to the Prime Minister. I’m looking very forward to what the government is going to do, in the future, to help increase the number of apprenticeships available around the UK.”
BAM has been behind the majority of construction at the massive redevelopment of Kings Cross which has gradually transformed the area under the developers’ masterplan, over the past 15 or so years. Pivotal to this has been Construction Director Ewen Hunter who added:
“It was a privilege for us to be asked for our apprentices to meet the Prime Minister and Secretary of State, which recognises the importance of apprenticeships and the contribution they make to our business and the wider construction industry.”
BAM has over 300 apprentices on its programmes across the UK, which help it tackle skills gaps, succession planning and opens up opportunities for increasing diversity within the construction industry.
The visit provided the Prime Minister and Secretary of State with a showcase of a carbon neutral estate, and hear about the plans for it to become net zero as soon as possible. It provided an example of how early thinking and investment enabled zero-carbon heating to be delivered to the entire King’s Cross estate which includes homes, offices, retail and leisure.