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The company built Britain’s first skyscraper in 1908 and contributed to important national infrastructure from the Dartford Tunnel to the Claerwen Dam in Powys. Today, BAM Nuttall continues to offer employees challenging engineering projects, including London’s Crossrail — work that leaves them proud, according to a 79% positive score in this survey.
Acquired by the Dutch BAM group in 2002, the Camberley-based business was rebranded in its present form in 2008. But being part of a group with 25,000 employees does not mean staff are no longer treated as individuals. Feedback is actively sought from all, and everyone is encouraged to comment through personal discussion sessions at so-called “beyond zero” workshops on such subjects as sustainability and the environment. “Beyond zero” means the firm aims to achieve much more than simply the elimination of on-site accidents. These gatherings are undertaken confidentially, so people feel they can speak freely without disguising their views.
Individual opinion is also garnered via a dedicated email address, and all sites, offices and depots are provided with safety and environment observation cards to report issues or simply to share good practice. Staff say they love working for the company (72%) and believe they can make a valuable contribution to its success (83%).
The firm co-operates closely with customers, stakeholders, the local community and suppliers as well as its employees to achieve “beyond zero” results. All its projects are independently audited through the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Transparency is its mantra, so BAM Nuttall publishes an annual sustainability report online.
Consequently, workers are clear that the organisation genuinely cares about the environment (82%, just seven other companies performed better) and believe that it does its bit to protect it (80%, a top-10 result).
Apprenticeships are recognised as a key entry route into the business. An award-winning inhouse engineering programme was expanded in 2009 to offer apprenticeships to commercial staff. The first of its kind in the industry, it now receives accreditation from the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. Colleagues say the experience gained is good for their future and conclude that jobs here enable personal growth (both 76%).
Last year, the scheme was broadened further to offer a route for aspiring planning engineers. Support is provided by advisers who guide apprentices, skilled staff who act as mentors, and past graduates who are more than willing to offer a helping hand.
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