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Support for Graduate Apprenticeships

Published 15 September 2020 | Written by John Cairns
CategoriesApprenticeships Personal development Training

Balfour Beatty Site Engineer Fraser Conway has recently completed his 4 year civil engineering modern apprenticeship and has now progressed onto a new Graduate Apprenticeship Civil Engineering programme. Fraser joined Balfour Beatty in 2016 and is a former pupil at Northfield Academy. Fraser initially joined Balfour Beatty as an apprentice civil engineer working on the AWPR as was part of…


Design Competition for Local Schools

Published 15 September 2020 | Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCorporate Social Responsibility action plan Schools

Local school pupils from Harlaw Academy and Aberdeen Grammar were supported to take part in a bespoke workshop sessions as part of a community project to mark the start of the transformation of Union Terrace Gardens (UTG) in Aberdeen. Local pupils completing sessions were asked to build models representing new elements of UTG project. The £25.7 million Aberdeen City Council…


Bridges to Schools Workshop

Published 15 September 2020 | Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCommunity liaison Schools

Balfour Beatty supported 255 pupils from Aberdeen City primary schools through delivering the Bridges to Schools workshops at Lochside Academy during week of 4 November 2019. The sessions were arranged as part of partnership with Lochside Academy and engaged pupils from Loirston Primary, Abbotswell Primary, Charleston Primary, Walker Road Primary, Tullos Primary and Kirkhill Primary. The Bridges to Schools week…


Virtual Site Visits

Published 1 September 2020 | Written by Greg King
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic and the restriction to only essential visitors to site, the project team had to think of other ways of engaging with the local college. This lead to the use of ‘Virtual Site Visits’ through the use of a video conferencing app allowing the team to walk the students through the site while answering questions…


Engaging with Students to Promote the Construction Industry as a Career Choice During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published 11 August 2020 | Written by Rosie McGuirk
CategoriesCareers advice Schools Universities

On this project, the Construction Manager carried out a virtual site tour – to London South East College Students, which was then followed by a live zoom Q&A session, giving students the opportunity to ask any questions they had. The success of this session led to another virtual tour scheduled for September 2020. The Student Placement Team Leader’s feedback was…


CV Advice for High School Pupils

Published 11 August 2020 | Written by Alex Cartwright
CategoriesCareers advice Schools

The project team answered the call for volunteers to record an online video giving high school pupils across Greater Manchester ideas on how to put a CV together. In the the video the Public Liaison Officer for the project talks about how to set out the CV, what order to write things and ideas on how to make your CV…


Webinar Support for Barnardo’s Training Groups

Published 29 July 2020 | Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCharities/organisations Cooperation Support

During lockdown, Balfour Beatty have delivered webinars for young people involved in the Barnardo’s training groups based in Scotland. Balfour Beatty’s community team are supporting online careers advice and industry insights to participants that are involved in the Barnardo’s Works employability programmes. Participants involved in sessions are 16-24 years old and are being supported to find opportunities in further learning…


Support for Career Ready Mentoring and Work Placement Programme

Published 29 July 2020 | Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Labour Schools

Balfour Beatty are supporting the UK Career Ready programme and are in the third year of supporting the programme which runs in Moray, Scotland. The Career Ready programme is a commitment to providing young people with mentoring over a two year period and also involves supporting a four week summer work placement for participants. In Moray, Balfour Beatty staff members…


Open Doors Virtual Visit

Published 15 July 2020 | Written by Anna Koukoullis
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Schools

Each year we take part in Open Doors, a national event which offers young people and people across the country the chance to visit our sites and learn more about careers in construction. As part of open doors we work with schools to offer students the chance to take part in a routes into construction workshop, followed by a Q&A…


Inspired Choices Programme

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by Anne Edwards
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Colleges Community liaison Disadvantaged groups Equality Goodwill Inclusion Placements Promoting Construction campaign Residents Schools

Inspired Choices is a collaborative programme from the Police, Fire and probation services, local authorities, health providers, private organisations, charities and community leaders who are working together to support vulnerable young people. A £10,000 sponsorship programme for 2019/2020 was provided, which includes mentoring and volunteering time from Willmott Dixon employees including colleagues at the Christ Church School Academy project. Site…


Girl Dreamer Academy

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by Anne Edwards
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Colleges Community liaison Diversity Equality Inclusion Residents Schools

The Girl Dreamer Academy programme is an empowerment platform for women and girls of colour. Through leadership development programmes, adventure sport and digital content they aim to build confidence and unleash the potential of girls everywhere. Girl Dreamer likes to push the boundaries, test the waters and go full throttle at everything they do. From setting up the UK’s first…


The 5 W Construction Challenge

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Schools

To encourage Secondary School Students to become more actively involved during their Educational Site Tours, Robertson introduced an activity called the 5 W Construction Challenge. It was apparent from previous site tours that some of the students were much more confident that others in asking questions. To resolve this, Robertson wanted to provide an experience that engaged all students and…


Mad Science Sustainability Lab

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by Nalise Hahn
CategoriesAwareness Campaigns Community liaison Plastics and packaging Schools Sustainable solutions

As part of delivering our corporate responsibility targets relating to community engagement on this project, we have partnered with a company called Mad Science to deliver an informative series of sustainability workshops to a local school. Mad Science’s Sustainability Lab workshop programme is much easier to teach, more engaging and is much less stressful than a mass field trip to…


Chicken Coop Design Project

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by Laura Deadman
CategoriesBirds Community liaison Goodwill work Labour Schools Sensitivity to neighbours

Our local school had vandals attack their chicken coop, which led to the majority of their chickens being exposed to natural predators leading to only two little hens surviving. As we were trying to take a creative approach on how we could avoid any timber waste on our project, we decided to build a small prototype chicken coop for our…


Wonder Learning Boxes

Published 2 March 2020 | Written by Rebecca Bernklow
CategoriesCommunity liaison Personal development Residents Universities

As part of our engagement with the community surrounding our project at the University of Strathclyde, we reached out to the Civil Engineering Department to conduct a ‘hands on lecture’ that would support the students learning and awareness. We created ‘Wonder Learning Boxes’, which were each filled with a different textile for the students to feel and discuss with their…