Two of Trafford College’s brightest young engineers have secured full time contracts with Balfour Beatty following successful work placements at the firm.
The College recently joined forces with the leading international infrastructure group to deliver their new apprenticeship programmes in Gas Mains and Service laying to their most promising young learners. The training was the start of an extensive and long-term partnership between both institutions, and as part of the new initiative, Balfour Beatty also provided high-quality work placements for the College’s existing learners, giving students exposure to an industry they have never received before.
Ten students were given the opportunity to work alongside five Balfour Beatty domestic and industrial engineers over a twelve week period, for two days each week. Learners were placed onto multiple qualifications, including working at heights, harness training and gas passport training. Following the successful work placement, two of the students, Rafiq Dalney and Calvin Gurr were thrilled to be offered full time contracts as a result of their hard work and dedication.
Rafiq commented, “I had completed my A levels, but I was eager to get a job that was a practical role. I saw the opportunity to enrol on a plumbing course with Trafford College which really appealed to me, as I knew there were shortages in the sector. The core skills I gained through my studies combined with the work placement – which allowed Balfour Beatty to see our capabilities whilst working on site- was a massive contributing factor in helping us gain these full time roles. I’m so grateful to both Trafford College and Balfour Beatty for creating these opportunities, which are clearly a result of the partnership between both organisations.”
Calvin added, “I enrolled with Trafford College straight from school as I was looking to obtain practical skills that would lead to a successful career, and plumbing seemed the ideal choice. The College arranged for us to spend time with Balfour Beatty’s engineers working in the Manchester area, and this was an incredible opportunity to practice our skills in a real work environment. I learned so much from working with the team and the experience confirmed to me that I had made the right career choice. As a result of the placement, I was able to demonstrate to our prospective employer that I not only had the core skills needed, but also the ability to become a successful and capable engineer.”
Steve Jones, Director of Learning at the College’s Centre for Science and Technology commented, “Balfour Beatty have provided some world-class work experience for our learners in a technical field which is hard to access. The skills and knowledge the group have acquired has given them a unique insight into this area.
“The permanent job roles that two of these learners have obtained is just the icing on the cake. This is one of the best examples of a Further Education College and a global company working together to build plans for a new generation to access a specialist technical industry, and we are delighted to have been chosen to work with them.”