Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Increases North East Apprenticeships

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES), one of the UK’s leading mechanical and electrical contractors, is demonstrating a clear commitment towards the creation of a skilled and sustainable workforce through its craft apprenticeship scheme. The company’s Newcastle office in Cobalt Park has recently taken on five new apprentices, bringing the total to close to 200 people across the UK benefiting from the company scheme.

With 94 operatives at the Newcastle office, the five new apprentices, Thomas Stanger, Liam Pugh, Richard Baron, Liam McCallan and Lloyd Creagh will have the opportunity to work with sixteen further apprentices also based at this office across a number of different projects in the North East including Northumberland Academy’s Josephine Butler Campus and the Dyke House Sports and Technical College in Hartlepool.

“These apprenticeships can provide young people with the foundation they need to excel,” commented Lee Walters BBES’ Learning and Development Manager. “The benefit to our business is clear. We are able to place people in the business who we know to be experienced and competent.”

BBES’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing apprentices are recruited from across all regions in the UK on apprenticeships that last between 2-4 years where they can achieve NVQ 2 or 3 in their chosen discipline. They are day released to colleges to learn their trades and disciplines and return to their regional sites to consolidate and put their skills to use into current projects.

The craft apprenticeship scheme is creating highly skilled people who may lead BBES projects in the future. Many of the directors and managers in BBES started their careers with the company as trainees or apprentices, including the BBES current Managing Director John Moore.

The BBES craft apprenticeship scheme is further proof that partnerships between business and academia can provide real rewards for those businesses that are serious about nurturing talent and developing tomorrow’s leaders.

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