First job on Leeds Arena

re’new’s project, Construction and Housing Yorkshire worked in partnership with Leeds City Council and BAM Construction to ensure more than 100 local people were given employment and work experience opportunities during the building of the £60 million Leeds Arena.
Written into the Leeds Arena contract were a number of “social” clauses, which include sourcing local labour, using local sub-contractors and offering work experience opportunities to people hoping for a career in the construction industry.

It was our role to work with the council, BAM, Leeds College of Building and subcontractors to co-ordinate delivery of the social aspects of the scheme.

The first person to be taken on by BAM Construction was 39-year-old Suzanne Gregory, who spent five-days-a-week looking after the cleanliness of the site offices and canteen.

Suzanne started working on the arena in June after being referred to Construction and Housing Yorkshire.

Suzanne said:

“I love it here. Initially it was part-time but now it’s full-time. The BAM team is great and I’ve made plenty of new friends. I’ve also passed the Construction Scheme Certification Scheme, which is a ‘passport’ to work on any construction site.

“I’d like to thank Leeds City Council, BAM Construction and re’new for giving me this opportunity.”

Working on the Leeds Arena. re’new was able to ensure 108 businesses were engaged on site, 96 weeks of work experience were offered, 90 apprentices were able to work towards – and complete qualifications and 102 local jobs were created. For more information about our work on the Leeds Arena, please call the Construction and Housing Yorkshire team on 0113 881 4810.