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Apprentices and staff from BAM Construction with Councillors Julie Dore and Mazher Iqbal and Councillor Iqbal's daughter Shifayah
Apprentices and staff from BAM Construction with Councillors Julie Dore and Mazher Iqbal and Councillor Iqbal's daughter Shifayah

Apprentices building great careers at Sheffield Retail Quarter

Friday 3 November

A team of apprentices has been laying the foundations for a great career as well as playing a key role in the first phase of Sheffield’s new retail quarter.

Developers BAM Construction and its subcontractors have appointed 11 apprentices, among a staff and sub-contracting team of more than 100, to work on the first phase of the landmark city centre development, which will see HSBC take up residency in early 2019.

The apprentices, all from Yorkshire, are training in a number of disciplines including engineering, bricklaying and site management as part of a programme developed by BAM alongside Sheffield City Council and local schools, colleges and universities.

Ben Radcliffe has been working for BAM as a trainee quantity surveyor since graduating from Sheffield Hallam University.

The 23-year-old, from Eckington, said: “It’s been great to develop my skills in quantity surveying on such a landmark building. I previously worked on the Olympic Legacy Park build so to have had a role in two buildings that will play such a big part in Sheffield’s future is really something.”

  • Liam Stobbs, apprentice for NG Bailey, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, from Mirfield, West Yorkshire
  • Alfie Porter, apprentice for GRKC, ground-working, from Rotherham
  • Oliver Maltby, apprentice for GRKC, Civil Engineering, from Sheffield

Eleven apprentices have worked on the SRQ Phase 1 site so far including Level 2, 3 and 4 apprentices.

Five of the 11 apprentices were recruited specifically for the construction of the SRQ Phase development, gaining skills in brickwork, ground working, engineering, site management and steel erection.

Since April 2017, when BAM started on site, 10 people have progressed into employment on the SRQ Phase 1 construction site. All these people were previously unemployed.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Equipping young people with the skills they need is an absolute passion of mine. It is tremendous news that so many of our young people are gaining these lifelong skills on what will be one of Sheffield’s most exciting developments.

BAM has taken a proactive approach to working with young people on the build, which is now in its 30th week.

They have staged seven site visits on the SRQ Phase 1 site since April 2017. Site visits have been attended by students who are in different stages of their academic lives. This includes Job Centre customers undertaking construction training, university students, A-Level students and GCSE students.

In August, BAM organised a Careers Open Day site visit for members of the public to attend. This gave young people and their parents more information on what a career in construction could include. It provided an opportunity for young people to sit with their chosen construction professional to talk about careers in construction.

BAM have hosted four school / college workshops regarding a career in construction in relation to SRQ Phase 1 since April 2017.

Carol Shaw, Education and Community Co-ordinator at BAM Construction said:  “We are delighted to be working with a range of partners in the City to ensure that everyone gets maximum benefit from this major development whether this be employment, training or upskilling.

“BAM are committed to making a difference to the lives of young people to help them access local opportunities which are sustainable and bring with them an opportunity to learn new skills as well as earn a living.  We actively encourage our sub-contractors to look at their own business and how it could benefit from the new ideas and ways of working an apprentice brings.”

Click here to see a list of some of the Eurovia work experience placements at the retail quarter.