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Balfour Beatty invests in apprentices through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

News   •   Nov 22, 2016 13:48 GMT

Balfour Beatty congratulated ten apprentices and trainees last week, after they received The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Last week, Balfour Beatty saw ten of its apprentices and trainees receive the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE), awarded by Alan Hinkes OBE, on behalf of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at St James’ Palace.

The award aims to inspire and change the lives of those under 25, and involves volunteering in the local community, team building exercises and expedition and for the Balfour Beatty achievers, an Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 Award.

As a member of The 5% Club, a UK employer-led initiative focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the workforce, Balfour Beatty has given its full support to the DofE programme to provide its apprentices with a formal development opportunity.

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, said: ‘’For years, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people, from all backgrounds and circumstances. Everyone receiving their Award has worked so hard to achieve this goal.”

Tony Ellender, Emerging Talent Development Manager, Balfour Beatty, said: “This is a significant achievement for our apprentices for which they have all worked tirelessly to prove their commitment to the challenge and excel. The DofE Award will stand them in good stead for the future.”

Speaking about his experience of the DofE programme, Thomas Hyland, a Project Engineer for Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick who started his career as an Electrical Apprentice said: “Securing my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been a fantastic experience and is one of my greatest achievements. From volunteering in the community to meeting new people from across the business, I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

“It was, however, one of the toughest challenges I’ve ever faced. I have pushed myself to the limits both physically and mentally and I am extremely proud to have made it through. To receive such a prestigious award is a great honour.”

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