In 2020, apprentices across BAM Nuttall and BAM Construct UK were brought together for the first time as a combined college cohort after listening to the businesses’ needs. Around 40 BAM Nuttall and 12 BAM Construct apprentices attend Leeds College of Building each year, joining over 300 employed nationally by BAM. This merger enhanced inclusivity and collaboration across the organisations.
BAM cites the inspiring diversity of staff in the Leeds College of Building lecturing team as of significant benefit to the apprenticeship programme. Over the last decade, a focus on apprenticeships has resulted in a massive growth of the college’s technical and professional training and the team who deliver it.The Faculty of Higher Education, Construction Design & Management at LCB employs 30% female staff (out of 56 staff). Female lecturers come from a wide range careers and among the role models is Nikki Davis, the first female Vice-Principal there.
Paul Skerry concluded:
“We strive to be a progressive company, and by working with organisations like Leeds College of Building, we can share a common goal to change the national picture and become more diverse and inclusive. These three initiatives show how hard we have worked to make BAM the best in our sector place to develop your construction career.”
BAM’s three initiative come during the 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week, coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and held 8-12 February.
In Scotland BAM has also supported the graduate level apprenticeship for two years, with six apprentices going through.