Laying foundations for great careers

A construction firm is putting young people in the north-east on the road to success by signing up for the Press and Journal’s Apprentice 100 campaign.

Balfour Beatty – which is working on the Aberdeen bypass and Third Don Crossing – will take on six apprentices in the region as part of our quest to help youngsters build careers.

The firm has a track record of harvesting the best talent from schools.

Earlier this year, Balfour Beatty used its links to Aberdeen educators to recruit eight apprentices for the bypass project.

Emerging talent manager Tony Ellender said: “Our local office is very good at engaging with schools in the area. People from the business have been into schools and shared their experiences of construction and that in itself has led to people coming into apprenticeships.”

He said apprentices are a core part of the business, as demonstrated by its membership of the 5% club – employers who are committed to making sure one in 20 of their employees are an apprentice or graduate.

At present, 4.4% of Balfour Beatty’s UK workforce fits that description.

Balfour Beatty

Mr Ellender added: “It’s good to see campaigns like Apprentice 100. They keep apprenticeships in public eye and focus people’s minds at all levels of business and government.”

Bethany Welsh, an 18-year-old from Forres, is working as an apprentice on another of Balfour Beatty’s key north-east projects – the fixing of the Inveramsay Bridge bottleneck near Inverurie.

Miss Welsh is also attending college in Inverness, where she is doing an HNC in civil engineering and an SVQ level 3 in the same discipline.

She said: “The last two projects I worked on were quite small and this is just a huge change. I’ve improved a lot in terms of teamwork and communication skills, as well as making quick decisions under pressure.”

The six positions will be advertised on the Balfour Beatty site,

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