Charity News BAM Construct UK Ltd

choose new charity partner BAM Construct UK Ltd has teamed up with charity CLIC Sargent and pledged to raise £100,000 over the next two years to help children and young people with cancer thrive, not just survive, during and after cancer treatment. The BAM team chose CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer support charity

for children, young people and their families, after inviting charities to pitch for their new charity partner.

Now, BAM Construct UK

Ltd’s £100,000 target could pay for CLIC Sargent to provide over 4,000 hours of support for young cancer patients and their families. CLIC Sargent’s nurses,

social workers and other frontline staff across the UK work tirelessly to limit the damage cancer causes beyond a child or young

person’s health by minimising

the disruption to their education, social life, finances and future prospects. In addition to employee fundraising activities there will be opportunities for the

BAM team to volunteer at CLIC Sargent’s ‘Homes from Home’. These are the charity’s houses close to specialist treatment hospitals across the UK, which offer free accommodation for families. Sam Scott, Corporate Account Manager, CLIC Sargent, said: “We are so proud to partner with BAM Construct UK and happy that the team

has joined CLIC Sargent’s fight for young lives against cancer. “With BAM’s support we’ll be able to stop cancer destroying more young lives

than ever, and it’s fantastic to have them on board.” Beth Kidd, Community Engagement Assistant, BAM Construct UK Ltd, said: “BAM Construct UK is delighted to be working with such a worthwhile

charity, and we look forward to enhancing lives through the many activities we have planned over the next two years.”

Rainy Day Trust fundraising ramps up with support of Addis

Housewares International, independently-owned housewares company, Addis Housewares has teamed up with the Rainy Day Trust to sponsor their latest fundraising venture along the Pembrokeshire Coast, which will kick off in two weeks’ time. The company will be sponsoring

Rainy Day Trust CEO, Bryan Clover, as he swaps the boardroom for the picturesque Pembrokeshire Coast on Wednesday 3 May, pledging to walk 186 miles in ten days to raise awareness and funds for the home improvement workforce and their families. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Challenge, infamous for its 35,000 ft ascent, narrow paths and undulations

has attracted many challengers, but few that have vowed to compete the course in just ten days. ‘So far we’ve raised more than £1,180, which is great, but we’ve still got a long

way to go to reach our £5,000 target,’ explains Bryan. ‘I’m really looking forward to the hike, and I’ve been doing a lot of training in preparation for next month. It would be great to see people dig deep for this cause and raise awareness of the help we can offer people from the housewares industry who live and work in Wales.’ The Rainy Day Trust is the UK’s only charity supporting the home

improvement workforce and their families in times of need. They’ve been caring for past and present employees of the housewares, pottery & glass, hardware, brushware, DIY, builders merchant and garden supply trades in difficult times since 1843. To make a donation or for more information, please visit challenge/


Apprenticeship News

Altrad Belle wins Buxton & Leek College 1st National

Apprenticeship Award Altrad Belle Group, which is based in the heart of the Peak District, offers apprentices a range of different experiences while studying either business admin or engineering. Altrad Belle supports

students in every way possible, by giving them help towards building and achieving a good knowledgeable and successful career. The close network between

the workplace and the students was recently noticed when Buxton and Leek College rewarded Altrad Belle with one of the first ‘Apprenticeship Employer Awards’ in March 2017. This award recognises companies that give exemplary training. Andrew Clowes, who has been with Altrad Belle for the over 20 years,

accepted this award from Len Tildsley the Principal of Buxton and Leek College, Andrew said “Altrad Belle believes that the apprenticeship scheme we offer gives apprentices great scope with a unique insight of our whole business from design to manufacture, from sales to support. We have been delighted to be able to offer our last apprentices all full-time positions or roles, theses apprentices are now great assets to our company and future growth.” Bethany Edwards, 19 said “I have now been an apprentice with Altrad Belle for

9 months and I have enjoyed working here, I have gained new skills and made some new friends and I look forward to my career within the company.”

Robertson signs up to construction

skills initiative A national infrastructure specialist has signed up to a scheme that has developed an innovative new way to attract talent into the built environment industry. Robertson, one of the country’s largest independently owned construction,

infrastructure and support services companies, has joined PlanBEE in a bid to tackle skills shortages across this sector. PlanBEE is a powerful partnership of architects, designers, contractors and

engineering specialists who have teamed up with Gateshead College to develop a unique, flexible training programme designed to plug industry skills gaps, attract and retain the brightest new talent in the region and create a more flexible workforce capable of working across various construction disciplines. Rather than

follow a traditional training model where students complete their qualifications while working in one company, PlanBEE gives trainees the chance to work across several companies and therefore gain a more rounded understanding of the built environment industry. Working with Gateshead College, the group has created a bespoke higher level

skills programme that provides budding professionals with study and off-the-job training at the college’s construction facility on Team Valley, along with a job working with some of the region’s leading companies. It has been tailored specifically for and by the North East construction sector, providing students with a starting salary of £10,700 per year, a professional qualification and a guaranteed job opportunity on graduation. Robertson joins a scheme that has already attracted some high-profile names,

including Ryder Architecture, Sir Robert McAlpine, Xsite Architecture, 3e Consulting, Cundall, Arup, FaulknerBrowns, Sadler Brown Architecture, Tolent, BIM Academy, Bond Dickinson and Northumbria University. For more information about the programme or to get involved, contact Helen Whitfield at Ryder on 0191 269 5454.

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