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Balfour Beatty VINCI, our construction partner for the West Midlands section of Britain’s new high speed railway, is working in partnership with Birmingham City University to support its graduates into employment.
Birmingham City University’s (BCU) City Centre Campus is at the heart of the Eastside district and adjacent to the Curzon Street site which will be home to our flagship terminus station. Europe’s biggest engineering project is spearheading major regeneration programmes right across Eastside, which will breathe a new lease of life into the district and make it an even more attractive proposition for future alumni when choosing where to live, work and study.
The partnership with Balfour Beatty VINCI will add a new dimension to the unique offer that BCU already provides for more than 26,900 students from around 100 countries. With a shared ambition to see future talent flourish and progress into meaningful employment, the two organisations have joined forces in a bid to ensure that graduates benefit from upcoming career opportunities linked to the construction and delivery of the railway.
Recognising the strength of the local talent pool that BCU is creating, Balfour Beatty VINCI’s dedicated skills and communities team is actively engaging with the University to encourage graduates to apply for upcoming vacancies which align to their specialist subject areas.
Although in its infancy, the new partnership model has already led to five BCU graduates securing direct employment with Balfour Beatty VINCI on HS2. A further four graduates have benefitted from work placements, one has received a direct referral onto Balfour Beatty VINCI’s graduate programme and two have been offered Kickstart placements.
Once operational, the new railway will put more students within reach of BCU’s state-of-the-art facilities, which are currently benefitting from a £340 million investment. Journey times from Leeds, London and Manchester will all be slashed to under an hour, providing students north and south with better access to its quality, student-focused education.