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Youngsters in the driving seat with Balfour Beatty Living Places

On behalf of Balfour Beatty Living Places

Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) backed the Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day to give a group of young people the chance to be involved in how Herefordshire’s roads are maintained.

On Friday the BBLP teams gave them an opportunity to make decisions about winter maintenance, looking after the fleet, street cleaning and road repairs.

Andy Williams, BBLP Contract Director, said the youngsters gained a real insight into the world of work and praised their energy and enthusiasm.

“It was great to give young people the experience of how we manage local roads and public spaces in partnership with Herefordshire Council.

“They were presented with a combination of real-life information and data provided by our teams and were challenged to make service-critical decisions within a professional environment.

“Ensuring young people are prepared for life in modern Britain is essential, not just for them as individuals, but for us all.”

The group was plunged straight into realistic scenarios including monitoring road temperatures, dealing with equipment failures and handling fly tipping.

They received guidance and support from BBLP staff but were free to come up with their own solutions after reviewing all the resources at their disposal. 

Tags: Business and economy, Community and living, Highways and transportation