Pupils get a taste of a life in construction

Michael Russell, Toni Cocker, Liam Davidson and George Hood.

BALFOUR Beatty has been working with Aberdeen’s Northfield Academy to encourage pupils to consider career options in the construction industry.

Their combined efforts to make a difference to pupils’ lives were showcased to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell MSP.
Last year Balfour Beatty launched a work experience programme for Northfield Academy students. Eleven pupils spent time on local projects to gain an understanding of potential careers.
At the firm’s Aberdeen office, Mr Russell and the Chairman of Hub North Scotland joined pupils and staff to discover the achievements. Two pupils, Toni Cocker and Liam Davidson, shared their experiences of their time on the programme and explained how it has helped to shape their ambitions.
Michael Russell said, “Employers have a key role to play under Curriculum for Excellence in making learning more exciting and relevant, and ensuring successful outcomes for all pupils. Balfour Beatty and Northfield Academy committing to working together long term for the benefit of pupils, the company and the local community is an excellent example of this partnership working in action.”
Neil Hendry, Northfield Academy Headteacher, said, “Our interaction with the Minister and industry leaders has been thrilling. Engaging with people in senior positions will have helped to boost the confidence of our pupils.” George Hood, Balfour Beatty Managing Director Northern Scotland, said, “We work at the heart of local communities and are committed to helping them develop. This event has demonstrated the partnership is working for the company, the school and wider community.”