Building strong partnerships with local communities is not just common sense, it makes commercial sense. Our ‘Making TIME for Communities’ strategy focuses engagement on:

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

Our community investment since 2010 £3.5 million

Making Time for Communities

Our nationwide 'Making TIME for Communities' programme empowers our employees and projects to make a real difference. In 2015 our employees volunteered 9,570 hours to support community projects across the country.

Training and Local Employment

Last year 12 apprentices entered our award winning shared apprentice scheme with Coventry City Council. In total 42 apprentices have entered the program. So far 18 have completed with 100% going on into positive destinations (employment, self-employment and training). 20 young people continue to go through the programme.

In the North East and Western regions our three year-long Skills Academies have come to an end. Key achievements include the provision of 151 work experience placements, 123 NVQ starters, 166 jobs being created or advertised and Advanced Health and Safety training for 87 people.

In 2015 we implemented recording of all apprenticeship activity consistently in all our construction regions. In 2015 we logged 105 apprentices on BAM sites. Having accurate and live data about our apprentices means we can better identify and support apprentices on our sites.

BAM SMaRT has recorded 105
apprentices in it's first year

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 2015 our average CCS score was 40, against an industry average of 36. In 2015, 19 of our sites were awarded with a Bronze, Silver or Gold CCS National Site Award.

In 2015, 19 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 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 22 community volunteering projects, in support of hospices, SEN groups, community centres, local schools and the Prince's Trust.

In 2015 we worked with the Prince's Trust on their Celebrate Success initiative, which goes out to find the most inspiring young people from across the UK. BAM employees worked with the Birmingham Metropolitan College / West Midland Police Team 104, assisting with their Dragon's Den style event which went on to win the Aston Villa FC Community Impact Award.

BAM are proud Patrons of CRASH, the UK construction and property industry charity for the homeless. In 2015 we supported CRASH through professional support and fundraising - the value of this totalled £52,000.

Our community work has reached
over 20,190 people in 2015

Every two years BAM's staff choose a national charity partnership. Our national charity partnership for 2015 and 2016 is Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland. In our first year we raised more than £95,000 which will help to fund specialist Dementia Support Workers. 300 of our employees have also become Dementia Friends.

Funds raised for our national charity partnership

Enhancing Education

In 2015 BAM's Education Co-ordinators worked with 14,488 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 90,613 students

Each year the Royal Horticultural Society displays educational gardens at the Malvern Spring Festival. BAM has been involved with this for almost a decade and for the first time in the history of the show four school entries were awarded a Distinction. Four gardens were awarded Highly Commended and all others awarded Commended. One of the gardens was also awarded the Best in Show award 2015.

Following on from Malvern, the Henri Le Worm educational garden went on to be displayed at the RHS Hampton Court Flower show and won an RHS Bronze Medal 2015. A mini version of this garden was then created at one or our schools, Haslucks Green Junior School in Solihul, which won a RHS Britain in Bloom Gold Award 2015.

Over 90 schools and 50 BAM volunteers have
participated in the educational gardens since 2007

Case studies relating to this topic

National Centre for Network Rail

National Centre for Network Rail

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Leeds Arena

Leeds Arena

One of the most sustainable arenas in the UK, set to host more than 140 events each year from rock concerts to ice dancing. With a capacity of 13,500 people, the 30,000m2 venue also provides 4,000m2 of public space and a 100-seat restaurant.

Community Engagement: WikiHouse Project

Community Engagement: WikiHouse Project

BAM is always keen to get involved with community projects, but when we were invited to be construction partner for a student project focussed on digital construction and involving a WikiHouse, we were even more excited by the opportunity!

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