Students from Aylestone Business & Enterprise College spent a day at Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) in Hereford finding out about what it takes to maintain the county’s highways.
An experienced crew of tradesmen showed the 15 and 16-year-olds how to get hands-on and learn what it takes to lay brick paths and fix kerb stones.
Phil Lewis from the College said the work experience day with the county’s public realm contractor helped provide students with confidence and motivation.
“I believe it was an extremely valuable and highly important day for our students. The opportunity helped some of them recognise that there is a place for them in the real world where they may be able to find that they have skill and ability and will thrive once they leave school and college.”
BBLP contract director Andy Williams added that the company was committed to encouraging the next generation: “We want to show students the sort of opportunities they can consider when they leave college and the structured work experience day does just this. It allows them to see how their classroom knowledge of basic science and maths can be put to good use in a practical setting.”
As a member of the 5% Club, an industry-led initiative focussed on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the workforce, Balfour Beatty is committed to providing structured education programmes to support this. This is an important part of the National Skills Academy for the Construction project that BBLP is delivering in partnership with Herefordshire Council.
Cllr Paul Rone, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, added: “It is absolutely vital that we help young people make the most of their lives so they can contribute fully to our economy and the future of our great county.”