Balfour Beatty VINCI training programme features in Highways Magazine

Balfour Beatty VINCI’s unique, collaborative training programme has today featured in Highways Magazine, exploring how the joint venture has provided 17 apprentices and graduates working on the M4 motorway upgrade between London and Reading, the opportunity to learn and apply skills on the UK’s largest steel model bridge.

Run in collaboration with National Highways, a Arcadis Jacobs joint venture and BAM Construction Training, the training programme was spread over six weeks and focused on safety, scheduling, costing, quality and construction methods with a further ten days dedicated to the the bridge build.

The unique opportunity provided by the 18-metre model footbridge enables new entrants to the industry to learn and hone valuable real-world skills, strengthen their knowledge, and aid their careers in construction.

Speaking on the experience, Glenn Boyd, Balfour Beatty VINCI project manager, said: “I’d like to thank the monumental efforts of our joint venture partners that have gone into making this project one of a kind. We hope that this is just the start for our training bridge programme and that in two to three years down the line a lasting legacy will have been left for the construction industry’s budding young apprentices.”

The collaborative training programme further demonstrates Balfour Beatty’s commitment to going above and beyond for its people – including the many apprentices, graduates and trainees the company employs each year, having committed to increasing its intake by circa 60% last year.

To learn more about the unique training programme, read the full article here.