Balfour Beatty features in Construction News discussing the importance of school outreach

15 February 2024


Jo Gilroy, Balfour Beatty’s Group Director of Sustainability, has featured in Construction News discussing the importance of sector collaboration in school outreach.

Following Balfour Beatty’s pledge to support a new school outreach initiative earlier this month, Jo talks through the challenges and opportunities facing the industry, and how collaboration across the sector will help attract and retain the next generation of talent.

According to the School Outreach Company, the company co-ordinating the sector-wide initiative, over 65% of those currently in education do not understand the skills employers are looking for.

Discussing the Group’s pledge and long-term strategy, Jo said: “The first step in solving a problem is recognising that you have one. As an industry, we are currently competing against everyone else for the future talent…Whether we’ve got talent that comes and works for us, or works for a competitor or works for one of our subcontractors, at some point in time, we’re all going to be working together on a particular project. So the benefit is mutual.”

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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group with over 25,000 employees driving the delivery of powerful new solutions, shaping thinking, creating skylines and inspiring a new generation of talent to be the change-makers of tomorrow.
  • We finance, develop, build, maintain and operate the increasingly complex and critical infrastructure that supports national economies and deliver projects at the heart of local communities.
  • Over the last 114 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world. Currently, we are working to deliver Hinkley Point C, the first UK nuclear power station in a generation; constructing the world-class arts and cultural facility, the Lyric Theatre, in Hong Kong; and designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the Automated People Mover superstructure at the fifth busiest airport in the world, Los Angeles International Airport.
  • Balfour Beatty is committed to creating an environment where all our employees can be themselves at work and perform at their best. With a number of major infrastructure projects in the pipeline, Balfour Beatty aims to meet current and future skills demand by attracting and retaining the best available talent and is committed to removing the barriers to minority groups across the industry to widen the talent pool.

Thomas Boorman

Media & PR Manager