Balfour Beatty Living Places develops local workforce in partnership with West Sussex County Council
19 July 2017
Balfour Beatty Living Places, working in partnership with West Sussex County Council, has enabled four young people from West Sussex to develop their skills and secure employment as part of its local work experience programme.
Developed for young people aged 16 - 25 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), the six week programme covered a variety of capabilities and skills including leadership, First Aid, construction site set up, and the opportunity to gain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card which provides official proof that the individual has the required construction training and qualifications for the type of work they are undertaking.
Steve Phillips, Contract Director for Balfour Beatty Living Places, said, “We are pleased to be working with West Sussex County Council’s Children’s and Young People’s Services on an initiative which has successfully equipped local young people with the skills required to place them in long term employment.
“Together with our commitment to the on-going training of our workforce through Balfour Beatty’s membership of The 5% Club, an employer-led movement which champions investment in the next generation through workplace training, we will continue to enable our workforce to provide West Sussex’s local community with a pleasant environment to live and work.”
Image: Luke Whiting, one of the programme’s participants develops his on-site construction skills
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Notes to editors:
• Balfour Beatty Living Places works in long-term partnerships with local authorities to create great places to live, work and play. We actively engage with local people to understand the needs of the communities we work in and shape the places where local economies can thrive and grow. We’re a leader in sustainable working, diversity and social value, and we use our expertise to bring real, positive change for our customers. We leave a legacy of connected communities with strong local economies that really work for local people with clean, safe and prosperous streets and social spaces.