A tidy construction site
‘I work as a Construction Assistant on the Berckelbosch urban development in Eindhoven. We work here on a large construction site and I make sure it is tidy here. My day consists mainly of tidying up, separating all types of materials and having close contact with my colleagues. I also help them with anything and everything, such as installing window frames. I am learning a lot and now I know everyone.”
'I started doing volunteer work while looking for a job and I had several short jobs before finally ending up at Ballast Nedam and the Laudy Bouw en Ontwikkeling division through an employment agency. Within the so-called 'Social Return' I have been working on projects in and around Eindhoven for a few years now. Berckelbosch is close to my house, so every morning I cycle here within five minutes. It feels good here: a second home. Moreover, I am constantly busy and on the move here, and that is important to me. When one project is finished, I start again in a new place. We are actually a traveling circus. I hope to be able to work with them for a long time to come.”
Ballast Nedam is committed to Social Return: creating employment for people at a distance from the labor market. In 2020, this was achieved in no fewer than 31 projects, where we welcomed new colleagues in positions such as construction site assistant, doorman and carpenter. We do this together with our partners Ampliar and Greenfox, enabling us to recruit and deploy new and diverse talent.