Building skills for the future

Project:  Construction and business studies curriculum support
Target Group: Years 7 - 13
Partnership: BAM Construction / Ashton on Mersey School
Cluster: Manchester, North West


  • To date over 500 students have been introduced to the world of work, the variety of roles available in the construction sector and have identified and been inspired to develop the skills they will need to succeed in their chosen careers
  • Lessons have been enriched and are engaging students more effectively, seen by an increase their motivation to achieve
  • BAM Construction are supporting the future of the industry’s workforce, spreading the word about careers in construction and working with potential future employees

Context & Objectives

Working with BAM has really helped to increase the level of engagement from the students; they have been more motivated and want to do well. It has benefited them to work with business representatives and has greatly increased their knowledge.

- Jonathan Pryce,
BAF Diploma Teacher, Ashton-on-Mersey High School

BAM Construction is a £1billion construction company with over half of its work in the education sector. Supporting education is embedded in BAM’s culture and its partnership with Ashton-on-Mersey was established when BAM built the school’s new Sixth Form building in 2008.

Following an official launch event, the partners agreed that the curriculum and enterprise and employability were areas where they could have the greatest impact for the students of Ashton on Mersey School.


BAM Construction designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of activity to support several of the school’s courses:

• Hit the Heights challenge, a taster day for Year 9 students interested in construction, opened their eyes to the numerous roles available in the sector and the skills needed to succeed.
• Lessons were brought to life when BAM provided real examples of site plans, site roles and health and safety for Year 10 Diploma and Young Apprentice students. Following the classes, they visited the huge construction site of The Co-operative’s new Head Office in Manchester City Centre to see the practical application of these key aspects of construction.
• BAM staff delivered the Corporate Social Responsibility module for the Year 11 Business and Finance Diploma students.

Next Steps

A number of activities have become a standard part of the partnership’s annual timetable. As the partnership evolves, they continue to look for new ways to work together. This year, they plan to move into other departments such as Maths, Art and English to enhance the understanding of business for a wider number of students.

Working with Ashton-on-Mersey has helped us connect with our clients and enthuse our employees. We can see greater levels of self-fulfillment and personal achievement in our people, this leads to a more motivated workforce” Ian Flemming, Construction Director