Balfour Beatty chief to use university post to tackle skills shortages

Leo Quinn
Leo Quinn

BALFOUR Beatty Group chief executive Leo Quinn has been appointed visiting professor at the College of Business and Social Science at Aston University, Birmingham.

He has been responsible for the transformation of the construction giant in recent years, returning it to profit. He also founded the 5% club in 2013, a movement of employers committed to at least 5% of their workforce comprising of apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on structured programmes.

Balfour Beatty said that with nearly half of all construction apprentices failing to remain in the industry long term, Mr Quinn will look to his role at Aston University as part of his contribution to tackling the skills shortage.

“It is an honour to join Aston University as a visiting professor,” Leo Quinn said. “As founder of The 5% Club, I believe it is critical to engage the minds of the younger generation, empowering and equipping them with the tools and techniques to ensure the continued success of the country as we build back better and more sustainably. I look forward to discussing the mechanisms of business with the business leaders of tomorrow at Aston University.”