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Laying the foundations for our future workforce: Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty Regional Managing Director of Scotland, features in The Scotsman

18 March 2020


Regional Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Services business in Scotland & Ireland, Hector MacAulay, features in an exclusive interview with Scottish national newspaper, The Scotsman.

In the interview, Hector explores how Apprenticeships are a mutually beneficial route to take for both young people looking to upskill and gain valuable industry experience, as well as employers in the sector seeking to close the skills gap to support future proofing the industry whilst helping to stimulate local economic growth.

On the subject of Apprenticeships, Hector explains: “Apprentices have an unprecedented impact on businesses in Scotland and the wider economy. By creating opportunities, especially for those local to our projects, we can support the aims of local economic growth.”

Furthering the company’s commitment to Apprentices through The 5% Club, Balfour Beatty is also a member of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB), whose aim is to strengthen employer input and endorsement of the strategic direction of apprenticeships and work-based learning pathways.

To read more about how Balfour Beatty creates opportunities for the next generation of Expert Engineers, you can read the full article here.



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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty ( 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 110 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.
  • Balfour Beatty has been operating in Scotland for over a century. Today, the company employs 2,000 people across Scotland and works with a supply chain that includes a substantial proportion of local businesses.
  • Balfour Beatty is committed to delivering on its principle of added social value in Scotland. We work closely with our customers to deliver real, tangible social value to the communities in which we operate.
  • Significant projects in the Company’s current portfolio include the £70 million Edinburgh Futures Institute, the £37 million contract to deliver two community hospital facilities in Scotland on behalf of hub North Scotland, the £60 million University of Strathclyde’s Learning and Teaching Hub, the £37 million Institute for Regeneration and Repair for the University of Edinburgh, the £25.7 million contract to renovate the historic Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen, the £16 million Glasgow Queen Street Station Redevelopment for Network Rail and A9 Dualling Luncarty to Pass of Burnham for Transport Scotland.
  • The company’s construction business recently completed the Forth Valley College’s Falkirk Campus, the Gatty Marine building for the University of St Andrews, Perth Futures Trust Phase 1, Dundee Train Station Redevelopment and the Prince & Princess Wales Hospice and Radisson Red Hotel, both located in Glasgow.
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