Halo Shield Protecting Balfour Beatty Flannery Operator Skills Hub

Halo Shield Protecting Balfour Beatty Flannery Operator Skills Hub

Red CCTV are proud to support the new Balfour Beatty Flannery Operator Skill Hub.

The stunning new state-of-the-art Birmingham training centre is utilising Red CCTV’s Halo Shield range as part of their Covid-19 defence system.

They have stationed a Halo Shield Pod Pro in the reception area at the Operator Skill Hub to temperature test every single person that enters the facility.

The Halo Shield Pod Pro is capable of measuring up to 30-people-per-second and will identify anyone with an elevated body temperature.

The system provides confidence for those working inside the training centre, that they are operating in a safe working environment.


Red CCTV Managing Director Rob Kennedy, said: “The Operator Skills Hub is a truly magnificent initiative and we are very proud to be able to play a small supporting role.

“It is well known that there is a serious skills shortage within the construction industry and Flannery Plant Hire and Balfour Beatty should be applauded for their efforts.

“This training centre provides a stunning training centre for new apprentices and also allows more experienced operatives to learn new skills, work with new innovations and technology.

“Safety, as always, is key to the success of any projects but particularly in and around construction and the Covid pandemic has made life difficult for everyone.

“However, as this country always does, we rise to the challenge and innovations like our very own Halo Shield range show that we can cope.

“The Halo Shield will screen everyone entering the hub for elevated body temperatures, a key symptom of Covid, to create safe working areas for those working within.

“It is an exciting project to be part of and we hope it produces a new army of engineers that go onto enjoy successful careers within the construction industry.”

Skills Hub

Red CCTV installed the Halo Shield Pod Pro at the Operator Skills Hub, which was officially launched last week.

The Operator Skills Hub is the result of a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Flannery Plant Hire.

The purpose-built facility in Birmingham will offering innovative training programmes designed to inspire young people, and up-skill current plant operators in the UK.

It will deliver the first Trailblazer Plant Operative Apprentices in 2021, and aims to support 30 young people in its first year.

The facility will also increase the retention of skilled operators, providing 200 supplementary courses to enhance existing knowledge and train over 500 operators in readiness for HS2.

Patrick Flannery, Managing Director of Flannery Plant Hire, said: “As one of the largest providers of the operated plant in the UK, it is imperative that we are able to provide a consistent, quality training experience for operators.

“It is clear that as the industry continues to adapt and drive innovation, we have to engage operators, helping to retain our industries best talent and ensuring they have the tools to deliver value on-site.

“This purpose-built facility reflects our vibrant and evolving industry and seeing the first intake of the new Trailblazer Plant Operator Apprentices starting their careers here is hugely exciting.”

Skills Shortages

Andy Ormerod, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Plant and Fleet Services business, said: “With real and growing skills shortages across our industry, inspiring young people has never been more important.

“Our new Operator Skills Hub provides a unique offering – one that will revolutionise the way in which we upskill plant operators and equip them with modern, digitally enhanced tools to support a safer, more productive construction and infrastructure industry.

“Over the last year, we have been proud to partner with Flannery and collaborate with our peers, valued supply chain partners and local communities in order to create this truly immersive and exciting educational experience; providing a central resource to benefit major construction and infrastructure projects, such as HS2.”

Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd said: “As one of our key construction partners on Phase One of HS2, Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) expects to be one of the biggest recruiters in the West Midlands and Warwickshire over the next two years, with up to 7,000 skilled jobs required to complete its section of the HS2 route.


“These jobs emphasise the importance that HS2 is playing in Britain’s economic recovery from Covid-19.

“The Operator Skills Hub will play a vital role in ensuring local people have the opportunity to upskill in readiness for these employment opportunities on Britain’s new railway.”

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “It’s brilliant that the Operator Skills Hub is now coming to fruition, enabling local people to gain the specific skills needed for new construction projects in the future.

“With major projects like HS2 getting underway in the region, it’s fantastic that dozens of apprentices will be coming through the hub this year, together with more than 200 people who will be benefiting from other training opportunities.

“This offers a great opportunity for young people and adults to gain practical training to start a new career in construction at a time when so many are looking for a route back into work.

“I’d like to thank Flannery Plant Hire and Balfour Beatty for their investment in the region, which will unquestionably help to get more people into work with improved skills.”

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