On 15th and 22nd February 2021, Balfour Beatty engaged with Barnardo’s YouthBuild Academy to host a virtual career talk and participate in a virtual careers fair for young people enrolled in the Academy. The YouthBuild Academy is a construction training programme for unemployed young people to gain skills and training to progress in employment.
Balfour Beatty Project Director Emilio Gardeta and Community and Stakeholder Specialist Alice Mann took part in the careers talk session and gave the attendees an overview of the Lewisham Gateway Scheme, insight into working in the construction industry and answered questions from the participants.
The careers fair was attended by Alice who joined the event that was attended by five employers and nine young people. The event included an introduction from the young people and each employer, an overview of the Lewisham Gateway project and the job opportunities available on the project. There was also a question and answer session.
The current cohort of young people are due to graduate from the programme at the end of March and we are hoping to see some of them on site with us in the future.