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Balfour Beatty welcomes call for more apprenticeship programmes

Balfour Beatty welcomed the report published last week by The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee calling for apprenticeship programmes in the UK to be focused on delivering quality rather than quantity.

Balfour Beatty employs over 300 apprentices across the UK in a range of sectors.

Construction Services UK chief executive officer Mike Peasland said: “This is a very important issue to a business like ours. Developing the skills of our workforce and attracting motivated, bright young people into our industry is essential to remaining competitive. We welcome the report and the key recommendations that are included – in particular the need to move away from the quantity driven approach of recent years and focus on a more qualitative view of ensuring apprentices are able to complete their full apprenticeship framework.

“In recent years we have generated a number of opportunities through our shared Apprenticeship model, Balfour Beatty Apprenticeships, working closely with our supply chain partners to provide continuity of employment.”

As a major infrastructure employer in the UK, Balfour Beatty welcomes the opportunity to work closely with the National Apprenticeship Service to promote apprenticeships to young people in schools and to encourage talent into our industry.

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