To mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Balfour Beatty’s managing director Northern Scotland, George Hood took part in a job swap with apprentice Matthew Jolly to demonstrate the importance of embracing new and emerging talent within the construction industry.
19 year old Matthew was given the opportunity to chair a meeting in the company’s boardroom, where the company’s senior managers pitched potential new project opportunities to him. Based on the facts presented, Matthew, dressed in full business attire, had to decide which one he would pursue as managing director.
Meanwhile, George Hood, kitted out in overalls and safety gear, got some real hands on experience of the type of joinery work Matthew carries out each day.
Speaking of the day, Matthew, an apprentice joiner at Aberdeen airport, said:
“Chairing the meeting in the board room was a fantastic experience. It gave me a taster of a real situation that our managing director regularly deals with. It is great to be with a company that makes an effort to let someone who is an apprentice tradesman see how other areas of the business operate. It helps to see the bigger picture and broadens your outlook on the company.”
Managing Director George also spoke of his experience:
It was a great experience all round. Balfour Beatty has a proven track record of nurturing talent at all levels of the business, with many of today’s senior managers having started their careers with us as apprentices. Scottish Apprenticeship Week gives us an opportunity to focus on the importance of finding and investing in the next generation of skilled trades, engineers and project managers.”
A member of The 5% Club, approximately 30% of Balfour Beatty’s 200+ current apprentices are based in Scotland and as part of its commitment the company will be recruiting a mix of mechanical, electrical and construction apprentices in Scotland.