Balfour Beatty opens doors to give public a glimpse behind the scenes

Artist's impression of Dundee Rail Station
Artist’s impression of Dundee Rail Station

Balfour Beatty will welcome members of the public to its construction sites across Scotland tomorrow to support Build UK’s Open Doors event.

This popular annual event welcomes members of the public from all age ranges and professions including students, those seeking guidance on alternative career paths and those who are interested in the built environment, to visit a construction site in order to learn more about the vast career opportunities on offer in the construction industry.

Balfour Beatty’s infrastructure experts from its design and build trainees to its project directors will welcome up to 40 members of the public to three of its sites across Scotland, providing a site tour and the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the industry.

The firm has opened its doors on sites including the South of the City School which will see the extension and delivery of new facilities for pupils in Aberdeen, the Dundee railway station, concourse and hotel which will provide a 120 bedroom hotel, a new public plaza and railway concourse as part of the new Central Waterfront development and the 10 storey, 174-bedroom Radisson Red Hotel in Glasgow.

Hector Macaulay, Balfour Beatty regional managing director, Scotland, said: “We are taking significant steps to open up our industry and encourage our future workers to consider construction as a rewarding career path. Attracting new talent is one of the biggest challenges we face, and it is absolutely vital that we address the skills gap if we are to deliver the new infrastructure that Scotland needs.

“Alongside such programmes as our Returners Programme, available for those who have taken an extended leave from their professional career and our recently introduced training scheme in Perth and Kinross for the unemployed, Open Doors is another example of how we are proactively trying in inspire, train and retain our workers from a variety of backgrounds, skills and experience.

“We’re looking forward to giving members of the public the opportunity to see for themselves the type of projects they could be involved in, and welcoming them on Friday.”

For more information and to book a place on one of the sites please visit the Open Doors website.

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