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Youngsters inspired via live construction feed

Balfour Beatty interactive session

Balfour Beatty is looking to inspire young people from different backgrounds and cultures with career broadcasts from construction sites around the UK.

More than 3,000 students took part in the latest interactive broadcast, held in collaboration with Scape Group, to learn about careers in construction and engineering.

The latest sessions involved live video feeds, letting students observe engineering works on projects including the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool and the M1 development near Leicestershire.

“With predictions showing that 400,000 construction workers are set to retire in the next five to 10 years, it’s imperative that we take significant steps to open up the industry and to encourage our future workers to consider construction as a rewarding career path,” said Mark Farrah, Balfour Beatty regional managing director for the North and Midlands.

“We’re giving students the opportunity to see for themselves the type of projects they could get involved in and, through the live video interaction that they’ve come to expect, they can ask questions of workers out on site via their tablets and smartphones.”

The sessions support the work of The 5% Club, a UK industry-led initiative focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the workforce.

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