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BAM Ritchies

Professional Development

Leadership and Management Development

We have several approaches to Leadership and Management Development, from a modular six month programme of classroom sessions with mentoring and coaching, 360 feedback activities and a variety of one day management modules.

Investors in People (IIP) is the national quality standard for effective investment in training and development of employees. IIP is a nationally recognised accreditation that has particular relevance for many of our public sector clients.

The standard provides a planned approach to setting and communicating service delivery goals and training. The four key principles of the IIP standard are:

  • A commitment to training and developing people to achieve business goals and service delivery.
  • Regular review of the training and development needs of all employees.
  • Taking relevant actions to meet those needs, from recruitment and throughout employment.
  • Evaluating the results and providing feedback for the company on training and development as a basis for continuous improvement.

Recognising the merit of this approach, BAM Nuttall made a formal commitment to the IIP standard and in 1999 became one of the first civil engineering contractors to achieve IIP status.

Our approach to personal development is part of our commitment to continuous training and development under the IIP framework.

We are audited for our performance and are reappraised and reviewed every 2 to 3 years. The reappraisal process is quite intensive and our performance is measured against the IIP standard. In 2013, we were awarded the GOLD standard for the first time and will look to maintain that going forward.

The graduate programme

Our graduate programme is tailor made to your individual needs and experience, designed to ensure you get the best grounding in our business. Your time will be divided between being on-site and in the office, as required, working on a variety of projects to ensure you get a broad base on which to build your career. Supporting this, we want to make sure you get a full understanding of the way we work – as we’re hoping you’ll be the senior managers of the future. To do this you will receive regular mentoring that allows you to gain significant ‘on-the-job’ experience, complemented by formal training courses.

In BAM Ritchies we actively encourage career paths that lead to membership of recognised professional institutions. As such our graduate training is approved and monitored by the following professional institutions:

  • ICE
  • ICES
  • IOM3

Support can be provided with other professional bodies such as the Geological Society, the Institute of Quarrying and the UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP).

How is the programme delivered?

The programme begins with our graduate induction which is held every autumn and is both informative and fun. This comprises:

  • Welcome and Introduction to BAM Nuttall / BAM Ritchies
  • Introduction to professional bodies
  • Team building

The programme combines practical on the job experience with formal management, commercial, technical and safety health and environmental training. On the programme you will be assigned an experienced professional body mentor who will guide you to develop clear goals, expand your skills and assist you in working towards professional qualification.

When you attend the regular training with your peers you will have the opportunity to network and have additional support with your professional development.

You will be required to provide quarterly performance reviews which will be completed with the help of your mentor through the duration of the programme which will be produced with the help of your mentor.

After the three years you will continue to benefit from the ongoing support of both your mentor and the graduate development team to complete your professional qualification.

In parallel with the programme you will also be included in the BAM Nuttall Competency Framework which is mandatory for all personnel. All of this will see you developed technically, commercially and prepare you for potential managerial opportunities in the future, supported by our emerging and sustainable leaders programmes.

Civil engineering graduates

Starting as an Assistant Engineer you will progress to incorporated and chartered status of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Right from the time you start you will be assigned a senior-level engineer who will be your mentor, and this person will support you through every stage of your professional development.

The agreed training period involves approximately two years, under supervision, on site followed by up to one year in a design office. You can either join our design team or go on secondment to a recognised Consulting Engineer’s practice. To do this we work with our network of design partners, key Clients and the wider BAM group both in the UK and overseas.

We offer ‘Further Learning’ as part of the approved Training Programme to acknowledge the academic difference between a BEng and MEng course.

This provides the equivalent ‘on-the-job’ training to achieve MEng status to progress to full Chartered membership.

Quantity surveying graduates

As an Assistant Quantity Surveyor you will be an integral part of your project team, getting involved with financial and contractual management, advice on procurement, and resolution of disputes in order to help your project achieve a successful commercial outcome.

Right from the time you start you will be assigned a senior-level quantity surveyor who will be your mentor, and this person will support you through every stage of your professional development.

Joining us as a graduate Quantity Surveyor you will begin our approved graduate training programme. Our primary professional institution for quantity surveying staff is the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors but graduates wishing to follow a route to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors will also be catered for within the training programme.

Geotechnical

As a Graduate Geotechnical Engineer you will be an integral part of your project team, getting involved with safety, quality, and environmental, technical and commercial aspects, in order to help your project achieve a successful commercial outcome.

You will spend time both on site and in the office.

Right from the time you start you will be assigned a senior-level engineer who will be your mentor, and this person will support you through every stage of your professional development.

We also provide an approved training programme to accommodate our geotechnical engineers with the Institution of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3). This programme follows a similar format to the civil engineering route with a period of time required to achieve the level of competencies required for each level within the institution. We hope to offer the same approved programme with the Geological Society in due course but in the meantime can provide mentoring and development to achieve chartered geologist level.

Blasting engineers

As a Graduate Blasting Engineer you will be an integral part of your project team, getting involved with f safety, quality, and environmental, technical and commercial aspects and advice on procurement, in order to help your project achieve a successful commercial outcome.

Right from the time you start you will be assigned a senior-level blasting engineer who will be your mentor, and this person will support you through every stage of your professional development.

We also provide an approved training programme to accommodate our blasting engineers with the Institution of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3). This programme follows a similar format to the civil engineering route with a period of time required to achieve the level of competencies required for each level within the institution. We also provide support and development to enable our engineers to become members of the Institute of Quarrying should they wish to do so.