Open day for Sheffield Retail Quarter


Sheffield school leavers not sure where to go after their exam results had the opportunity to head to the city centre to experience life on a real building site. One of our business supporters, BAM, which is building the first phase of Sheffield Retail Quarter for Sheffield City Council, opened up its gates last month to help teenagers find out what it’s really like to work in the construction industry. They wanted to dispel common myths about the sector, which offers a huge range of highly-skilled employment opportunities and accounts for approximately 3 million jobs; 10% of total UK employment. And we were proud to have been involved!


Young people aged 15 to 18 attended with their parents, and found out more about BAM, the project and life in the industry.


We were all given the opportunity to tour the site, where we also heard about the new technology being used on the site. BAM were using methods they had never used before which were proving successful. And what’s more… one of our apprentices is currently working on the £75 million site and is having the opportunity to try out these new methods!



The day also gave us the opportunity to speak about what we do and the opportunities available to young people; highlighting that by undertaking an apprenticeship you still gave you the opportunity to go to University and obtain a degree without leaving with a massive debt as the company paid the university fees. A BAM Site Manager who had gone through this route gave his account of his experience and how good it was. Some parents were of the opinion that their children couldn’t leave school until they were 18 but we assured them if they started an apprenticeship then they could.


The next part was really interesting as BAM brought in members of staff who did the roles the Young people were interested in, such as Civil Engineers, Estimator, Design and Quantity Surveying. Both parents and children could ask questions about the roles and the career routes they needed to take.


Overall it was a fantastic day, and a great opportunity to highlight the opportunities within the industry… and how the industry creates the world in which we live.