Balfour recruits 70 youngsters under kickstart scheme

Aaron Morby 2 weeks ago
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Balfour Beatty has joined the Government’s Kickstart scheme offering over 70 work placements to 16 to 24-year-olds at risk of long-term unemployment.

In partnership with The Prince’s Trust youth charity, Balfour will offer six-month work placements from April 2021.

The programme is being delivered as part of The Prince’s Trust Coalition for the Built Environment scheme, comprised of six companies from the construction and infrastructure sector which aims to bridge the skills gap present within the industry.

On completion, Balfour Beatty aims to transfer Kickstart participants to the Balfour Beatty Apprenticeship Scheme.

Balfour Beatty has long been committed to youth employment and pledged to raise the number of apprentices, graduates and trainees recruited across the business by 30% in 2020.

It currently has over 6% of employees in Earn and Learn positions, exceeding its 5% Club goal.

Paul Raby, Balfour Beatty Group Human Resources Director, said: “As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more critical time to open our doors to provide employment opportunities for young people – supporting them in building skilled careers is essential both for our industry and to help us to sustainably rebuild our economy and society.

“As we support this new Government initiative, we are pleased to be working with The Prince’s Trust to expand opportunities to young people and leave a lasting, positive impact on those who work with us.”

 

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