Leisure World helps people get into work

Project manager Adam Holmes, right, said it had been a pleasure to work with BAM on the Bridlington Leisure Centre.

Project manager Adam Holmes, right, said it had been a pleasure to work with BAM on the Bridlington Leisure Centre.

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The building of the new Bridlington Leisure World complex has helped a contractor reach out to 1,500 Yorkshire people.

A Yorkshire firm’s National Skills Academy for Construction programme has used projects such as Leisure World Bridlington for East Riding Leisure to benefit sub-contractors and the local community. It has created 30 new apprenticeships, 93 new jobs, 98 work placements and 66 sub-contractors gaining NVQs.

BAM Construction, which has recently built Bridlington Leisure World, used it along with other schemes in Yorkshire to generate new skills and life chances.

Adam Holmes, project manager at East Riding Council said: “It has been a pleasure to work with BAM and as a result of this very positive and productive working relationship the contract has been delivered and has added valuable benefits to the local community.”

Carol Shaw, BAM’s education and community co-ordinator, was the driving force behind the initiative.

The programme has helped young people experience the construction industry first-hand through work experience, site visits and careers activities.

A range of local partners have supported these initiatives, for example sub-contractors, Futureworks, East Riding College, Job Centre Bridlington, Headlands School, Martongate Primary and other local primary schools.

Carol said: “At the Leisure Centre in Bridlington, several local people who came onto our work experience programme went on to secure actual jobs with our sub-contractor.”