Balfour Beatty Design Coordinator, Antje Budge, is featured in Red Magazine discussing her return to the construction and infrastructure industry through Balfour Beatty’s Returners Programme.
As one of seven women featured from various industries, Antje discusses the challenges women may face in returning to work after an extended career break and how Balfour Beatty has successfully helped her to overcome these.
Following a nine year career break to raise her children, Antje discusses how she was keen to return to Engineering but struggled to find a part-time role which would allow her to combine family commitments while enabling her to thrive and continue her career.
Balfour Beatty’s Returners Programme provided the ideal opportunity to re-enter the sector. Antje has now been working with Balfour Beatty for over two years as a Design Coordinator within the UK construction services business, liaising with clients and designers to ensure projects such as the A580 Windle Island and the A58/A580 junction improvements are successfully delivered.
Speaking of her experience, Antje said: “Returning to work after a prolonged period can often seem quite daunting. One of the key benefits of the Balfour Beatty’s Returners Programme is the support you receive through coaching workshops, as well as the provision of an allocated mentor to guide you through the process.”
Balfour Beatty’s Returners Programme is an integral component of the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, open to those who have been out of their career for more than two years. Click here to hear more about Antje’s story.
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Notes to editors:
- Balfour Beatty (balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 26,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
- Our main geographies are the UK, US and Hong Kong. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
- As an international infrastructure company, it is critical to our success that our employees are as diverse as the customers and communities we serve.
- 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 inclusivity across the industry. A new diversity and inclusion three-year blue-print has been created which sets out our strategic aims, objectives and metrics in support of our endeavours.
- With 26,000 employees and a wide network of partners and suppliers, we are committed to recognizing and respecting the differences between people whilst valuing the contribution that everyone can make to Balfour Beatty.
- Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty’s Group Chief Executive, is the board level sponsor for D&I. Leo has established a Steering Committee to govern strategic D&I activities across the UK and track progress against a three-year plan.