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Meet our people

We have asked some of our people to talk about their experiences, from the selection process, their development, right through to their current role.  

We hope this will give you greater insight into how we support and develop our people, and inspire you to launch your career with us.

Thomas Hyland, Electrical Apprentice

Thomas Hyland

Electrical Apprentice

Thomas started his career at Balfour Beatty as an Electrical Apprentice. During his apprenticeship he worked in Australia as part of an apprentice exchange programme, gained NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Electrotechnical Technology Installation and completed an ONC and a HNC in Electrical Engineering. Now, Thomas is part of the core team working on the Nuclear New Builds project as a trainee engineer.

Tell us a bit about your role, the projects you have supported and the type of work you undertake on a daily basis

I spent my apprenticeship examining plans and drawings, and inspecting and testing installations. I would use hand and power tools on a daily basis, but Health and Safety was at the heart of everything; I was required to follow detailed risk assessments and report anything unsafe.

I learnt a great deal from my apprenticeship and it allowed me to gain a detailed understanding of how the industry is structured. I didn't realise the amount of planning, time and effort that goes into each and every project Balfour Beatty undertakes.

What attracted you to Balfour Beatty?

Balfour Beatty has a highly skilled workforce and all their apprentices are trained to a high standard, which was what I was looking for. It is a large, well respected company and I knew that if I wanted to progress, a company like this would be ideal. There is a wide range of career opportunities available within the business and I knew that I would find a role that suited me. Not only does the company have projects all over the UK, but it also has businesses and projects overseas which could potentially mean opportunities to work abroad.

What development opportunities were you given while in your role?

Many fantastic opportunities. I was given the chance to go on an apprentice exchange programme to Australia, and Balfour Beatty supported me throughout the exchange.

The annual residential trips, where trainees and apprentices are given the opportunity to understand the roles that are available to them in the business, have also played a massive part in my career development. During this trip I realised that the sky was the limit for my career with this company.

I have also been supported through ONC and HNC courses in Electrical Engineering. This has been vital to my development as I now have the qualifications I need to pursue my desired career.

Balfour Beatty has always encouraged me to think about my long term career goals.

What has been your highlight so far at Balfour Beatty?

I have had so many highlights throughout my apprenticeship; raising £10,000 for charity through the National Apprenticeship Challenge has to be up there. As the leader of a team of eight apprentices, I was tasked with organising a fund raising event to help raise money for Help for Heroes. More recently, seizing the opportunity to come to London and work with the Nuclear New Builds core management team. Finding out what happens ‘behind the scenes’ of a project is extremely interesting and exciting.

What one thing surprised you most about working at Balfour Beatty?

When I first joined this large company, I was worried I would just be ‘a number’. However, I have experienced a tremendous amount of support, and my line manager and regional director both helped me in ensuring I had the skills, knowledge and financial backing to thrive within this industry.

What are the top three tips you would give anyone thinking about applying to Balfour Beatty?

  1. Work hard, it really will pay off! Balfour Beatty is excellent at recognising and developing the talent within the business and by putting in the effort and going that extra mile you will be rewarded! The ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award is one way the company recognising their apprentices’ dedication and hard work.
  2. Make sure you find the right position that bests suits you. Find a role that you believe you will be good at and one which you will enjoy - I love my job which makes it easy to go that extra mile.
  3. Once you’ve found the job perfect for you, apply! This is a brilliant company - with fantastic opportunities available, high standards set and a tremendous amount of support I’m not sure you could find a better employer!