Royal BAM Group's commitment is to enhance the lives of one million people by 2020. Our focus is to create a positive impact through activities in local communities. We aim to be open and transparent about the impact we have by measuring how we have connected, improved or transformed lives. 

150,945 Lives enhanced since 2015 

Enhancing lives

Enhancing lives is about having a positive impact through activities that would not happen without our support or intervention. The enhancing lives activities can be categorised as pro bono or in-kind, fundraising or donations, volunteering, opportunities for social enterprises or small businesses, training, employment, and health and wellbeing. Since 2010, BAM has invested £4,130,852 into local communities through these kinds of activities, which can be defined and measured as either connecting, improving or transforming lives.

Training and local employment

Our apprentice figures have more than doubled with improved reporting, however we recognise there is still room for improvement. To best support apprentice development and recruitment, we need to be clear how many apprentices BAM supports, both directly and through our supply chain. We are working with access control system providers to develop bespoke monitoring and reporting capability, which we know will provide us with accurate data.

We have recorded 494
apprentices in 2017

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 2017, our average CCS score was 41, against an industry average of 36. In 2017, 18 of our sites were awarded with a Bronze, Silver or Gold CCS National Site Award.

The team behind the construction of Portsmouth University Technical College (UTC) in the South East was awarded an inspection score of 47 out of 50 which is BAM's highest since the new scoring system was introduced in 2013. The team received maximum scores in two categories: 'secure everyone's safety' and 'value the workforce'.

In 2017, 18 of our sites were awarded with a Bronze,
Silver or Gold CCS National Site Award.

Employee engagement

BAM employees can apply for two days' paid leave each year to undertake voluntary work. In 2017, our employees volunteered 5,687 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 40 community volunteering projects, in support of hospices, SEN groups, community centres, local schools and the Prince's Trust.

Our community work has reached over 26,724 beneficiaries

In 2016 we launched our first Enhancing Lives Trainee and Graduate Challenge. The aim of the challenge was to enable employees to contribute to achieving our target of one million lives by 2020. During 2016, employees 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 2017, we raised £81,500 which will enable CLIC Sargent to give education and employment support to 1,048 young lives and 39 visits to schools by nurses.

Funds raised for our national charity partner

Enhancing education

In 2017, BAM's Education Co-ordinators worked with 16,026 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 124,287 students

In 2017, BAM's South East region ran another successful week-long summer school for year 10 students (14-15 year olds). Students attending local schools were invited to the regional office 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

Case studies relating to this topic

Community Engagement: Manchester City FA

Community Engagement: Manchester City FA

BAM constructed the new youth development and first team training facility for Manchester City FC. It includes a new academy for up to 400 youth players, 16.5 football pitches, a 7,000 capacity stadium and dedicated offices and media rooms.

Montgomery School

Montgomery School

Montgomery School is the first PassivHaus certified primary school in the UK. It is also the first school with a target to be zero carbon in use, and demonstrates BAM’s ability to deliver sustainable buildings.

National Centre for Network Rail

National Centre for Network Rail

The new 72,000m2 complex brings together 3,000 staff from across the country in one modern workplace in Milton Keynes. Four buildings are linked by a bright central atrium.

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