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New Balfour Beatty Partnership Opens Doors for Young Apprentices

Trafford College has joined forces with leading international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, to deliver their new apprenticeship programmes in Gas Mains and Service laying to eleven of their most promising young learners.

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Leaders celebrate the new partnership

The bespoke apprenticeship programmes will see learners complete a composite set of training requirements which will result in a multi-skilled Level 2 apprenticeship. The young learners have already completed a Level 1 Gas Networking Operations qualification at Trafford College, prior to commencing the new programme. Apprentices will be assessed in the workplace with assessors from both institutions working closely together to achieve the specialist skills required, whilst ensuring that the programme is as relevant and effective as possible.

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Students prepare to embark on their work experience placement

The training is the start of an extensive and long-term partnership between both institutions. As part of the new initiative, Balfour Beatty are also providing high-quality work placements for the College’s existing learners, giving students exposure to the industry and opportunities they have never received before.

Ten students have been given the opportunity of working alongside five Balfour Beatty domestic and industrial engineers over a twelve week period, for two days each week. Balfour Beatty have placed the students onto multiple qualifications, including working at heights, harness training and gas passport training. The lucky students have also been issued with a full set of Balfour Beatty personal protective equipment and additional safety kit.

Following the initial cohort, there are now further plans to expand the initiative across Balfour Beatty’s wider workforce

Steve Jones, Director of Learning at the College’s Centre for Science and Technology commented, “We are delighted to be working in close partnership with such a well renowned global company, helping them to address the skills gap which this area faces. The partnership has already established close ties across all levels of our institutions which we see building a successful relationship for many years to come.”

Craig McGilvray, Balfour Beatty Managing Director (Gas & Water), said: “There are lots of opportunities across Balfour Beatty for young people to develop their skills. Through working in partnership with key groups and getting involved in community initiatives we will help grow the skills needed to strengthen the construction industry and grow our future. I’d like to thank Trafford College for involving us in this great programme.”

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