In support of National Apprenticeship Week, Balfour Beatty invited members of East Riding of Yorkshire Council to meet five apprentices working on the £22 million Beverley Integrated Transport Plan construction project.
The project includes the construction of the long-awaited Beverley Southern Relief Road. The 1.8 mile (2.9 km) route will connect the A164 to the A1174 Hull Road near Figham and is part of a plan to reduce traffic in the town, especially around the historic Beverley Minster.
Balfour Beatty’s Employment Skills Plan for the project has seen five apprentices employed on the scheme and opportunities for students at East Riding College to come to site and gain hands-on experience of a career in construction.
Balfour Beatty currently employs over 200 apprentices. During National Apprenticeship Week, which provides a platform to celebrate the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy, Balfour Beatty pledged 68 new apprenticeships.
Martin Black, Balfour Beatty Project Manager, said: “Balfour Beatty strives towards finding and investing in the next generation of skilled workers. Of the five apprentices working on the project, three are completing general construction operations and two are working towards qualifications in civil engineering.”
Ben Morgan, one of project’s Balfour Beatty apprentices, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan. I am studying towards my NVQ Level 2 in General Construction through Hull College. The Balfour Beatty team on site has been very helpful and through the hands-on experience I have gained on site I have decided that I would like to direct my studies towards a specialisation in drainage.”Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “It was a real pleasure to visit the Beverley Southern Relief Road site and to speak to the apprentices working on the scheme about what they have learned and how they are putting that to use.
“Apprenticeships provide an excellent option for young people to gain employment and allow them to earn while they learn.”