The NEC Group (incorporating the NIA and the LG Arena) marked National Apprentice Week with an event at the National Indoor Arena.
The NIA is currently undergoing a major redevelopment which will ensure that it continues as a leading venue for music events in the region.
This major redevelopment project is being delivered by Bam and comprises a fundamental upgrade to the plant room, disaster recovery, security and IT systems, with new front of house facilities for the attendees’ experience. All of this is in a building of considerable complexity, surrounded by a canal, residential areas and a railway tunnel passing beneath the structure.
EIC is supporting BAM on all the mechanical, electrical and plumbing phases of the project and the work is being undertaken while the venue largely remains open.
“I am working close to my home, learning about health and safety, and I now have the opportunity to complete my AM2 and forge the start of a career in the construction industry”
Peter Madden, EIC
This represents a significant challenge in light of the venue hosting about twelve and a half thousand concert goers three times each week.
EIC has three apprentices and a trainee administrator working on the site. Apprentice Daniel Young says: “EIC has taught me how to work as part of a team that can bring a major project together. Working on the NIA has made me feel that I am giving something back to Birmingham”.
Peter Madden adds: “I am working close to my home, learning about health and safety, and I now have the opportunity to complete my AM2 and forge the start of a career in the construction industry.”
John Harris, managing director at EIC says: “The development of local talent is a key element in EIC’s sustainable strategy and it is so encouraging to see young people contributing in such a positive way to an iconic project.”
Campbell Murdoch is marketing director at EIC