Matthew Gets Access to New Construction Experience on Major BAM Construction Project

April 18, 2021 at 5:57 PM

Matthew Arthur progressed on to the Access to Apprenticeship programme after successfully completing the ESF-funded Freestyle Pathways to Apprenticeship programme with DMT recently.  This helped him confirm that he had the aptitude for construction work and Apprenticeship training.  

Matthew is undertaking work experience with BAM Construction UK as part of his training programme.  Having worked successfully with BAM on the £13m Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre, which saw Ashley Van der Heyden seconded from his employer to work with BAM and Christian Love gain employment with subcontractor Abbey Systems, we are delighted to be able to offer more young people training with us the opportunity to gain experience from one of the Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’.   Many 16-18 year olds construction trainees in Cornwall don’t get the opportunity to experience working on large, high profile construction projects.  BAM’s commitment to working with their supply chain provides extended work experience and work trials for the young people undertaking construction training with DMT.  They are able to further develop their skills in a new, different working environment, where their future career prospects are further enhanced by also working with specialist trade contractors. 

The £8.5 million bespoke accommodation development Matthew is working on will house RCHT medical staff together with Plymouth University and PCMD students studying at the Truro base. The new development aims to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ status. It will feature a timber frame, terracotta cladding and curtain walling, and a zinc roof ranged over four storeys. It will house 230 bedrooms with modern facilities to replace the current 1960s accommodation, but will retain a ‘domestic’ feel in keeping with the surrounding neighbourhood. 

Matthew’s first three days have seen him familiarising himself with site plans, liaising with the Design Team and observing management meetings. Matthew said ‘I didn’t realise how much went into a site like this, I’m really enjoying the experience’.

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