Balfour Beatty has been operating in Scotland for over a century. Today, the company employs 2,000 people across Scotland and works with a supply chain that includes a substantial proportion of local businesses.
They have been recognised as Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow employer of the month for their commitment to developing and nurturing the future workforce, opening opportunities for young people across the city and giving them industry experience to help them in their future careers.
Balfour Beatty have worked with a number of primary and secondary schools over the years, through initiatives including the Engineering Development Trust and Construction LIVE, a virtual, interactive broadcast through its supplier Learn Live.
Recently, Balfour Beatty partnered with the Engineering Development Trust to run a STEM Horizon Bootcamp for young people from local secondary schools in Glasgow. The 25 young people who took part spent their October week developing a project and presenting their findings related to their current Strathclyde project. This was a great opportunity to allow students to work on a real-life engineering project whilst developing their team work and presentation skills. The project was a huge success and a follow up engagement day is planned for February 2020.
Balfour Beatty have also recently entered into an influencing business partnership with Bannerman High in the East of the city, where they will work with the school to help bring industry into the classroom so that young people can relate their learning to the world of work. Balfour Beatty offer work experience to pupils from the Pollock area of Glasgow and have recently began a mentoring partnership with Scottish charity MCR Pathways, who support disadvantaged young people with education and career opportunities.
Speaking of the importance of engaging with schools and starting conversations with pupils as young as primary school, Balfour Beatty Community Benefits Advisor, Rebecca Bernklow, said “Engaging with children as early as primary school is vital to ensure we open up our industry and the opportunities available to as many young people as possible. Both STEM activities and engineering and design projects are great ways to inspire the next generation of engineers and those considering a career in construction. This is something we are passionate about, as diversity in our workforce will play a key role in the sustainability and future success of our sector”.
Well done Balford Beatty!