dsc 06971Two Northampton College students have been handpicked and appointed by one of the world’s leading infrastructure companies, Balfour Beatty.

Bradley Foley, 16, and 18-year-old Thomas Skinner, both BTEC Level 3 Civil Engineering students, have started industrial placements at the company’s regional offices in Northampton Business Park at Brackmills, where they are now combining three days of classroom learning in college with two days on-site work experience.

Nick Osborne, Balfour Beatty Operations Director, said: “At Balfour Beatty we are passionate about enabling early careers in construction. We’re looking forward to starting our next project and having Bradley and Tom on-site with us.

“It’s a great opportunity for them and they’ve impressed us with their positive attitude and eagerness to learn – if the placement is successful we’d definitely encourage them to apply for an apprenticeship next year.”

Bradley added: “Since starting I have already completed some engineering and health and safety activities and I am revising for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Health & Safety test which means I will be able to work on site. Winning this placement is a huge deal for me – this is an amazing company to progress in and I may be able to complete a degree apprenticeship with them, so there really is no limit to what I could now achieve.”

Thomas said: “Soon we will be shadowing site engineers and supervisors and picking up tips. Last year I was studying mechanical engineering at Northampton College, but I realised civil engineering was what I was really interested in, so I swapped this year and am now with Balfour Beatty. I hope to later study structural design at university and this placement is a huge opportunity.”

Balfour Beatty, which has 28,000 employees across the world, finances, develops, builds and maintains complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.

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