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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of SHP. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming. Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.
December 10, 2020

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SHP RISING STAR AWARDS

Matthew Durant wins SHP’s Rising Star in Construction Award

BAM Construction Training Ltd Managing Director, Matthew Durant, has been named as the winner of the SHP Award for Rising Star in Construction.

Matt DurantThe SHP Rising Star Awards celebrate young, high-performing health and safety professionals. Some of the brightest, most passionate young stars of the profession.

Rising Star in Construction recognises individuals in the UK construction sector going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing.

Matthew Durant, BAM Construction Training Ltd Managing Director, was selected as the winner of SHP’s Rising Star in Construction Award from a list of four finalists, by the SHP Awards judging panel.

Rising Stars is brought to you as part of the wider SHP Awards, in collaboration with the HSE and IATP.

Matthew started BAM Construction Training in 2013, with the intention to make engaging and interactive courses which put learners first. His dedication to partnering with other construction companies to provide young people with work and educational opportunities within the industry was noted. His “clear emphasis on trying to help the wider industry” also stood out for judges.

The panel picked up on how Matthew was “going above and beyond with training”, and how he “doesn’t want to leave anyone behind”, liaising with companies to ensure that not only are people in work, but they are trained to a high standard.

Matthew also takes the time to attend school and college talks whenever possible, to educate them on the impacts and importance of not only construction, but also health and safety and what this means for the community. Judges said he was “playing an important role at trying to encourage young people to come into health & Safety in construction. Educating them on what life is like within the industry.”

Despite all of the issues caused by the pandemic, BAM Construction Training has won three awards already this year and has massively adapted to be able to operate digitally and remotely.

Matthew told SHP, on hearing of his success: “Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who’s helped me achieve the position I’m currently in, without their support I wouldn’t have the opportunity to help others. It is an absolute honor to win this award and receive recognition for my approach to development.

“2020 has been the strangest year I’ve ever experienced but this is a fantastic way to end it. I hope that this article inspires someone out there to challenge themselves and get out of their comfort zone.

“Thank you SHP for this award and for all the great work you continue to do. Have a happy Christmas, a prosperous new year and most importantly stay safe!”

Read the full interview with Matthew, here.

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