As part of the SCAPE framework requirements for the A9/A85 Perth Transport Futures Project, Balfour Beatty, in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council are required to demonstrate a commitment to employment opportunities and skills development throughout the duration of the contract.

Marking the confluence of British Science Week, the Year of the Young Person and the 200th Anniversary of the ICE, Perth and Kinross Council and Balfour Beatty ran the very successful ‘Bridges to School’ event at Kinross Primary and Kinross High.

Resident ‘celebrity’ apprentice, Bethany Welsh, represented Balfour Beatty and the Perth Transport Futures Project (PTFP) by assisting Developing the Young Workforce Manager, Fiona Reith, at a parents evening at Morrison’s Academy in Crieff.

Balfour Beatty has sponsored local high school, Perth Academy to fund the delivery of the ambitious Design, Engineer, Construct! Programme (DEC!), an accredited learning programme for secondary-school age students and has been expertly developed to create and inspire the next generation of Built Environment professionals.

Balfour Beatty’s support of the DEC! programme caught the eye of Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, and he paid the school a visit on the 16th March to meet the pupils and learn more about the class.

Balfour Beatty, in collaboration with the client team from Perth and Kinross Council, participated in the Perth and Kinross “Open Doors Day 2017” event allowing members of the community to visit the site offices and see, first-hand, the great work that is being done to bring the Perth Transport Futures Project to fruition.

Members of the PTF Project Team volunteered their time to work with the local community to clean up Perth’s historic lade.

In order to expand on the work that Perth and Kinross Council and Balfour Beatty have been doing to engage with those with a background of offending, the team at Perth Transport Futures Project (PTFP) met with Mark Steadman, Offenders Outcome Officer at HMP Castle Huntly Open Prison, to discuss any opportunities to engage with the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) through our works on the project.

Continuing our close relationship with the Developing the Young Workforce team in Perth and Kinross, we worked with Donna Kudarenko, Employer Engagement Advisor, to produce a short video to promote modern apprenticeships.

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