James Barrows started with BBRP in 1997 as a graduate engineer, and was one of the first engineers on the company's newly established graduate training scheme. He has recently had his training agreement signed off having achieved all the specified objectives at various Balfour Beatty offices and hopes to become chartered this year. Since 1997 he has worked on various contracts, gaining both experience and confidence.
'The past five years really have given me a superb grounding in rail engineering.
Moving between the various sites and offices has been both exciting and rewarding and I really feel part of an industry moving forward, ' he says.
He is now responsible for developing safety systems for the extensions to the Heathrow Express and Piccadilly rail extensions at the proposed Heathrow Terminal Five.
'Through the jobs I have worked on I have gained enough experience to know what information I should be looking for, and I now have the confidence to go out and find it, ' he says enthusiastically.
Barrows, 28, gained his design experience in BBRP's Liverpool office, working on the West Coast Route Modernisation project.
Barrows is looking forward to progressing at BBRP. 'I want to stay on T5 as it is a different type of job to what I have been involved in before, and there is so much to learn from the various teams. It is also a chance to be involved on one of the most exciting schemes in the UK.'