Life after apprenticeships
At Balfour Beatty, your career will continue to develop long after your apprenticeship ends.
We offer challenging apprenticeships across the UK in a range of sectors, each providing important skills and training for a successful career. Many of our our senior employees started out as Balfour Beatty apprentices - find out how they progressed in their careers below:
Craig Jolly, Senior Electrical Engineer
I am now in my 10th year with Balfour Beatty.
I started out as a General Operative apprentice in January 2006 and then moved onto the Scottish Joint Industry Board's (SJIB's) Adult Training Scheme.
I'm now a a Senior Electrical Engineer. I primarily deal with high voltage operations covering all the market sectors that Balfour Beatty works in. I am currently on site at GSK Montrose in the role of Hight Voltage (HV) Senior Authorised Person.
Following my apprenticeship, I took many development opportunities such as qualifications in Advanced High Voltage Operations and I also became a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and Engineering Council.
I was attracted to Balfour Beatty as a large company carrying out work that I was interested in. My father is also a Balfour Beatty employee and he will have 40 years’ service this Easter!
Fraser Fleming, Authorising Engineer
I‘ve worked at Balfour Beatty for the past 32 years, after joining as an electrical apprentice In September 1983.
Over this period I’ve held various roles including Site Supervisor and Project Engineer. In my current role, I am an Authorising Engineer.
My knowledge and experience is all from the Building Services industry, in particular the administration and delivery of Balfour Beatty’s ‘Safe Systems of Work’.
I have been supported through the years by various managers and colleagues as I went from Electrician to Chargehand, and then on to Supervisor and Electrical Engineer.
My current role gives me the opportunity to pass on the knowledge I’ve gained over many years, including good habits to develop and bad habits to stop. I feel I am making a difference in keeping my colleagues safe.
Stuart Glennie, Production Supervisor
I've worked at Balfour Beatty since 1974. I began my career as an Apprentice Electrician, choosing this scheme because it was local and offered a great future with a trade and the chance of promotion.
I worked my way through to be an Approved Electrician and then onward to be a Technician Electrician. In my time at Balfour Beatty I have been lucky to travel the world on various contracts, including the chance to work in Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Turkey.
I’m now in charge of Balfour Beatty’s Inspection & Test Department. I’m responsible for the day to day running of the department and all the test equipment required for the Commissioning Engineers on site. I take an active part in testing the panels that pass through the factory.
I enjoy what I do because no job is ever the same, even though you are still working on protection and control equipment.
Bill Naismith, Unit Director
I began working with Balfour Beatty in 1983, as an apprentice with the Scottish Joint Industry Board.
I currently manage the switchgear manufacturing unit, which specialises in power solutions for Rail and commercial applications. The manufacturing unit delivers low and high voltage switchboards to a variety of clients including London Underground and Network Rail.
I reached my current position through progressive stages from apprentice, draughtsman, engineer, project manager, operations manager then unit director. I always wanted to better myself and, through hard work, I have done so.
I have enjoyed progressing through the various stages of my career, and have been given many opportunities to transfer to other business areas to further your development.