Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick apprentice, Antony Glastonbury, has been awarded the Electrical Apprentice of the Year award at the JTL Awards. The awards celebrate the highest achieving young trainees in the construction industry, with candidates nominated from each of JTL’s training regions across England and Wales on the basis of their outstanding overall performances.
Taking place at the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London’s Savoy Place, the ceremony saw Antony secure the award as a result of his hard work and commitment to his role as a Trainee Engineer at the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC). His commitment has extended beyond the workplace, with Antony completing the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award which encompassed various challenges including a charity cycle ride from Lands’ End to John O Groats.
Since joining Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick in 2011, Antony has excelled in all areas of his apprenticeship, working on numerous projects including Featherstone Prison, Princess Royal Hospital Telford, European Bioenergy Research Institute in Aston, and Chamberlain Halls Student Accommodation in Birmingham. His success has also secured him the opportunity to progress on to the company’s Trainee Programme, enabling Antony to study for a degree in Building Services Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University, whilst working as a Student Engineer at NAIC.
Discussing his professional journey and award win, Antony said, “I’m delighted to have won the Electrical Apprentice of the Year award. I thoroughly enjoy the variety of my role and I would recommend an Apprenticeship to anybody currently considering their career options because it provides the opportunity to earn and learn, in addition to gaining on the job experience which you wouldn’t get from classroom based learning.”
Tony Ellender, Emerging Talent Development Manager at Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick, commented, “Antony is a very deserving winner of the Electrical Apprentice of the Year award. He has stood out from day one and his work ethic and enthusiasm for his trade are admirable.
“We are committed to offering apprenticeships at a variety of levels across the business. As part of The 5% Club, founded by our Chief Executive Leo Quinn, we are leading the industry with our approach to apprenticeship and graduate training, up-skilling the workforce and helping to address the sector’s skills shortage.”
JTL is a national not-for-profit training provider specialising in electrical and plumbing apprenticeships.
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- Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick’s 2500 strong team is currently working on 56 live projects across the public and private sectors, including the nuclear, power, infrastructure, process and defence, transport, healthcare, education, residential and commercial markets. We are committed to supporting local businesses through our supply chain and investing in the skills of the next generation. In 2015, Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick spent £91.9 million with just over 1,000 SME suppliers and our London workforce is training 6 graduates and 124 apprentices.
- Our capabilities include mechanical and engineering services, such as installation of complete Balance of Plant Systems, through to electrical, control and instrumentation services, such the design and manufacture of electrical switchgear. Modular Systems+ supports Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick by manufacturing packaged plant rooms, service modules, riser modules and modular electrical systems. At peak capacity, Modular Systems+ can employ over 185 skilled operatives. Our specialist pipework fabrication facility also supports Balfour Beatty by developing and manufacturing off-site fabricated pipe spool solutions from the customer’s piping design. We have the capacity to produce 50,000 metres each year.
- Current projects include a £85m contract as part of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers project to design and install cabling systems for over 100 different ship systems, three major projects within the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency’s Sellafield site and a £23m contract to deliver electrical engineering at Crossrail’s new Woolwich station. The company also has preferred bidder status for the Hinkley Point C Nuclear power station main electrical package. Past projects that we have worked on in a mechanical and electrical capacity include a £38m contract on the iconic Olympic Swimming Pool, one of the main venues for the 2012 Olympics and a £64.5m contract as part of the redevelopment of Blackfriars Railway Bridge. We were also involved in Gatwick’s £186 million facility to house state-of-the-art baggage systems to improve efficiency and reduce delays.
- Balfour Beatty offers a wide variety of opportunities within its Apprenticeship Scheme ranging from intermediate, to advanced, to higher level qualifications. These are suitable for schools leavers and post-A-level students who want to learn and earn on a structured training scheme and gain a nationally recognised qualification. Balfour Beatty Apprentices have the opportunity to continue their studies to gain a Foundation or Honours Degree. Balfour Beatty employs over 300 apprentices across the UK and recruits around 150 additional apprentices each year. For further information and to apply for the Balfour Beatty Apprenticeship Scheme visit our careers page.
- Balfour Beatty is a member of ‘The 5% Club’, a UK employer-led initiative focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the workforce. Chief Executive Leo Quinn was the founding member of The 5% Club. Balfour Beatty joined in December 2013, the first company in the infrastructure industry to join.
- The 5% Club works with UK employers and key influencers to inspire, educate and retain a growing body of people into “earn and learn” placements in order to increase the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates. The goal of The 5% Club is to increase the employment and career prospects of today’s youth and equip the UK with the skilled workforce it needs to safeguard Britain’s economy.