Our Group-wide commitment is to enhance the lives of one million people by 2020. As a business we are committed to enhancing lives by the way we do business, not the business we do. Our focus is therefore on creating a positive impact through activities that would not happen without BAM's support or intervention. We will be open and transparent about the impact we have on the people we reach, highlighting if our outreach has connected, improved or transformed lives.  

121,426 Lives enhanced since 2015

Making time for communities

Launched in 2011, our 'Making TIME for Communities' programme has helped to empower our employees and projects to make a real difference through focussing engagement on: 

  • TTraining and local employment
  • IInclusion of local communities
  • MMotivating employees
  • EEnhancing education


Enhancing Lives will continue to work with our employees and local communities to connect, improve and transform lives through 2017 and beyond.

Training and local employment

We’ve seen our apprentice figures more than double with improved reporting, however we recognise that there is still room for improvement. We want to be clear how many apprentices are working on BAM sites so we can best support their development; to do this we will roll out access control systems on more of our sites, which will further improve measurement and reporting. We have worked with access control system providers to develop bespoke monitoring and reporting capability, which we know will provide us with accurate data. Tracking our apprentice talent pipeline effectively will help us to support the aims of BAM, our clients and the industry.  In addition it will allow BAM to support our supply chain with apprentice recruitment and development.  

BAM SMaRT has recorded 395
apprentices in 2016

Inclusion of local communities

As part of our commitment to being considerate, all BAM sites register with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). We consistently achieve CCS scores four points or more ahead of the industry average. In 2016 our average CCS score was 40, against an industry average of 36. In 2016, 18 of our sites were awarded with a Bronze, Silver or Gold CCS National Site Award.

In 2016, 18 of our sites were awarded with a Bronze,
Silver or Gold CCS National Site Award.

Motivating our employees

BAM employees can avail of two days' paid leave each year to undertake voluntary work. In 2016 our employees volunteered 8,156 hours to support community projects across the country. In addition, if teams of staff wish to work together on a voluntary project they can apply for a £1,000 grant to purchase materials. Since its launch we have funded 30 community volunteering projects, in support of hospices, SEN groups, community centres, local schools and the Prince's Trust.

Our community work has reached over 21,654 people

In 2016 we launched our first Enhancing Lives Trainee and Graduate Challenge. Teams worked together to contribute to our Enhancing Lives target of 1 million lives by 2020. The teams volunteered, fundraised and developed our education offering, enhancing the lives of 4257 people.

The overall impact of this challenge was significant, with more than 2,542 students engaged during the challenge from 44 schools, colleges and universities and the monies raised went to nine different charities across the UK. The 1,323 hours volunteered by our trainee and graduates meant they were able to support 20 charities and community groups, including the Cheetham Hill Advice Centre (CHAC) in the North West where the volunteers and staff have said their morale and working life has improved as a direct result of the work carried out.

Lives enhanced through our trainee and graduate challenge

Every two years BAM's staff choose a national charity partnership. Our national charity partnership for 2017 and 2018 is with CLIC Sargent. In our last partnership with Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimers Scotland, we raised £180,000 which will help to fund at least 9,000 specialist hours with Dementia Support Workers. Over 300 of our employees have also become Dementia Friends.

Funds raised for our national charity partner

Enhancing education

In 2016 BAM's Education Co-ordinators worked with 17,648 students providing support in lessons related to science, technology, engineering, maths, arts and business; offering employability sessions, conducting site visits and work experience, and providing CPD sessions for teachers and lecturers.

Since 2010 we have enhanced the
curriculum for 108,261 students

BAM's South East region ran their second week-long summer school for year 10 students (14-15 year olds) in 2016. Students attending local schools to the regional office were invited to discover more about the construction industry and gain a Bronze CREST Award in Sustainable Communities. The CREST Award links science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM subjects) taught in schools to our industry and introduces students to exciting career opportunities.

90% of participants said that following the Summer School
they were interested in a career in construction

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