Construction firms join forces to bring history to life in Sunderland

A team of specialist construction companies are making history by conquering the delicate job of restoring a 600-year-old castle ruin.

 

Seymour Civil Engineering has been brought in by principal contractor William Birch to help carry out the painstaking work of transforming Hylton Castle in Sunderland into a visitor and learning centre.

 

The £4.5 million project is a partnership between local community group, Castle in the Community and Sunderland City Council and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the castle itself is a Grade I Listed Building in the guardianship of English Heritage. The project will rejuvenate the site for locals and visitors alike. Once open, it will be managed with and for young people and offer training and internship opportunities.

 

Andy Mountford, Site Manager at Seymour Civil Engineering said: “Hylton Castle is a magnificent building and we’re really proud to be working alongside William Birch to bring it back to life as both an historic attraction and a hub for the community.

 

“Due to the nature of the project, the work has been far from run of the mill, largely because of the archaeological significance of the site and the effect this has had on our work programme as we carry out all the groundworks.

 

“Working closely with a team of archaeologists has certainly brought with it a fair few challenges, as you don’t know what you’re going to uncover as you go.

 

“However, this has made working on the project really exciting and the team on site has adapted incredibly well to the situation, showing lots of ingenuity and professionalism when overcoming changes in circumstance and planning for what comes next.”

 

Brought in as the civil engineering contractor for the project, Seymour Civil Engineering has completed the groundworks for the restoration, laying the surface trenches in the grounds of the castle for the electricity, water and the ground source heat pumps for the castle’s geothermal energy, as well as the car park and footpaths.

 

Inside the castle, Seymour has facilitated the installation of ground beams, and will cast the concrete floors for all three levels, as well as the roof and a mezzanine floor.

 

The main contractor for the project, William Birch, is a building and restoration company based in York, specialising in heritage projects.

 

Simon Hills, William Birch’s Site Manager for the project said: “Transforming the 14th century Castle to a living, working building that benefits the local community and visitors has so far been an invigorating experience. The interest from the local community has been incredible and we have been proud to show many of them the project as it develops. They have waited a long time to see the castle come back to life and we are looking forward to unveiling the completed project in 2019”

 

“Working on buildings that are as nationally significant as Hylton Castle brings an abundance of challenges, challenges that the project team have had to really pull together to overcome.

 

“Seymour has had a tall order with this project, as it has been predominately the groundworks which has been affected by the need for close archaeological monitoring.

 

“The team are real specialists at what they do and they’re great engineers who are brilliant at their job and have acted really professionally throughout the bumps and halts of the project.”

 

Andy added: “Working with William Birch has been a real pleasure, and the two teams have gelled incredibly well. Working hand-in-hand on a difficult job like this is of the upmost importance and having an effective working partnership means we’ve been able to sit down and quickly find solutions to any changes that come about.”

 

As one of the North East’s leading civil engineering contractors, Seymour Civil Engineering is no stranger to projects of this nature.

 

In partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, Seymour Civil Engineering worked on the strengthening of the historic, 14th century Hartlepool Headland Town Wall. The firm worked closely with archaeologists to excavate original wall cladding, and developed the craftsmanship to ensure the new wall carefully matched to the original.

Seymour Civil Engineering and Barnes Construction cheers to Skelton pub completion

Seymour Civil Engineering and Barnes Construction have celebrated their respective 40th anniversaries with the completion of a ground-breaking £2m public house development in Skelton.

 

The Longacre is the latest pub development from Marston’s PLC, located at the newly-developed Skelton Park on Pheasant Fields Lane.

 

As one of only three construction companies on the Marston’s PLC framework, The Longacre is the 38th public house that Ipswich based construction company Barnes Construction has worked on in partnership with the national pub chain.

 

Brought in as the civil engineering contractor for the project, Seymour Civil Engineering completed the earthworks for the development, as well as laying the foundations, installing the drainage system, creating a gabion wall around the site perimeter to manage soil erosion and laying the kerbs, paving, new entrance and 50 space car park.

 

Sarah Jopling, Site Manager at Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “This project in partnership with Barnes Construction has been a real triumph. It was completed on time and on budget and to see the pub finished and open to the public is something both the teams from Seymour and Barnes are very proud of.

 

“This is a special year for both companies as we’re both celebrating our 40th anniversary. To be able to work alongside Barnes, a company that is so well respected in the industry and has been growing from strength to strength for 40 years’, is an honour.”

 

David Faichney, Senior Contracts Manager at Barnes Constructions Ltd, said: “This is the first time we have partnered with Seymour Civil Engineering and the company’s professionalism has ensured the project has been a real success.

 

“We have built up a fantastic relationship with the team we’ve worked alongside on site. We have bounced off each other perfectly, and their commitment to quality, health and safety onsite, and completing work on time has been very impressive and has made them a real pleasure to work with over the past seven months.”

 

The £2m invested by Marston’s PLC, has brought a family-friendly pub to the East Cleveland shopping park, as well as bringing over 45 new jobs to the area.

 

As one of the North East’s leading civil engineering contractors, Seymour Civil Engineering is no stranger to the East Cleveland area. Last year the firm partnered with Skelton Villages Civic Pride, Redcar & Cleveland Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund on a scheme to regenerate Skelton town centre.

 

Jordan Quincey, the Project Manager for the Marston’s Longacre pub development, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Longacre ready to open, and we’re exciting for next week when the doors officially open to the people of Skelton.

 

“Marston’s looks for sites with large infrastructure and the site at Skelton fitted the bill perfectly. Alongside the Skelton Park shopping complex, Asda supermarket, and the new Aldi store that is under construction, we felt there was a real opportunity for a family-friendly pub.”

 

Seymour Civil Engineering is also involved in the construction of the new Aldi supermarket on the same site, which is due to open in November 2018.

Seymour hits the back of the net with two-year Pools sponsorship deal

 

HARTLEPOOL-based Seymour Civil Engineering has agreed a two-year extension to its partnership with Hartlepool United.

The civil engineering firm, which is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary, is extending its long standing corporate backing of the club, which includes the sponsorship of H’Angus, as well as hospitality and match sponsorship.

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director of Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “Hartlepool United is a vitally important part of Hartlepool and as a local company whose roots have been very much embedded in the town for the past 40 years, we are passionate about supporting organisations, like Pools, that mean a great deal to the people of Hartlepool.

“Last year when the club was faced with financial uncertainty it was incredible to see how the community pulled together to help save the club. This show of love and determination from the fans, which includes many Seymour employees, really spurred us to look at how the company could continue supporting Pools going forward.

“We look forward to building an even stronger relationship with Pools and watching the club get back on top.”

Announcing the deal, Pools Chief Executive Mark Maguire was keen to thank the company for its continued support.

He said: “During what was obviously a really difficult year last year Seymour Civil Engineering, and in particular Kevin Byrne and Lisa Gooding, showed a level of support beyond what could have been expected.

“Not only were they sponsors but also suppliers and the company’s willingness to stick with the Club when they could easily have justified doing the opposite says a huge amount about their support for Pools.

“In addition to the incredible support of the fans, it was the support of companies like Seymour which meant that the Club continued, and for that we will be forever grateful.

“We look forward to rewarding them over the coming seasons.”

Seymour Civil Engineering is one of the North East’s leading civil engineering companies. Most recently the company won two awards and two highly commended from the Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) body, for its sea defence work on Hartlepool Headland’s town wall.

Sisters are doing it for STEMselves 

TWO Teesside sisters have bucked the trend of women in STEM, by climbing the ladder in both the science and engineering sectors.

 

Statistics show that women make up only 12% of all STEM employees in the UK, yet 18-year-old Klaudia Robinson, from Hartlepool swapped her childhood dream of becoming a hairdresser for a career in engineering, thanks to an insight in to the world of STEM careers provided by her older sister.

 

Klaudia, a Management Trainee at Seymour Civil Engineering, who is currently studying for a HNC in Building Studies at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said:

“I don’t think girls really think of careers in science, maths, engineering and technology as options when they’re at school because there are so many more stereotypically feminine subjects and career routes that you are more aware of.

 

“All through school I wanted to become a hairdresser but when I got a taste of a career in STEM, thanks to my sister Kensey, I quickly changed my mind.”

 

Kensey Robinson, 20, started her journey in to STEM when she completed an apprenticeship through Hartlepool College, with the Hartlepool based medical diagnostics company, Hart Biologicals, in 2015.

 

Since then Kensey has gone on to work as a Lab Technician, working on a number of the firm’s largest projects.

 

She said: “Whilst at school I’d never thought about going in to a science-related career, but I was really enjoying the subject so one of my career advisors brought to my attention the apprentice vacancy at Hart Biologicals.

 

“During my first year of College, studying for a BTEC in additional science, I was the only girl in a class of boys, headed by a male tutor.

 

“It didn’t faze me, as I wasn’t worried about being the only girl, but having female role models for young girls to look up to is important. I hope one day I can be a role model to young girls interested in a career in science.”

 

Both Klaudia and Kensey have been actively involved in promoting STEM careers to school and college students in the region, accompanying Seymour Civil Engineering and Hart Biological’s STEM ambassadors to careers events and open days across the North East. In addition, Klaudia has also become a CITB ambassador.

 

This year, for the second time running, Seymour Civil Engineering has been recognised for its commitment to inspiring the engineers of the future, by being award the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Mike Gardiner Cup, for support of the institute’s education programme.

 

Klaudia said: “During my time at college, I have always been one of very few women. It’s something that I’m used to now and it’s only when I stop to think about it that I realise just what a difference in gender there is in engineering and construction.

 

“As a whole, when you see images representing STEM careers, they tend to show men busy working on a construction site, men in a science lab, or male maths teachers in the classroom. Those images reinforce the perception that those industries are for men.

 

“Kensey is the reason I decided to go for an apprenticeship, and I’m truly grateful that I got the insight into STEM from her that I did. My career in engineering, working for Seymour, has been fantastic so far as no two days are ever the same. With new projects coming in all the time, I always have something new and exciting to work on.

 

“We are typical sisters and we still argue, but by both completing apprenticeships, and working in fields that aren’t the norm for girls our age, I definitely think we’ve grown closer.

 

“I’m really proud of Kensey and how well she’s done. It makes me smile to hear the most squeamish person I know come home and talk about how she’s been testing rabbit brains.”

 

To learn more about a career in engineering or apply for a position with Seymour Civil Engineering, visit the website here: http://seymourcec.co.uk/careers.php

Seymour Civil Engineering celebrates run-away success at this years’ CECA North East Awards

Seymour Civil Engineering walked away triumphant, after winning four out of the five awards at this year’s prestigious North East Civil Engineering Contractors Association ceremony.

Award wins included Health and Safety Company of the Year and Training Company of the Year, as well as top honours for a project carried out in the company’s home town of Hartlepool.

The Project of the Year trophy was awarded to Seymour for its restoration of the Hartlepool Town Wall, in partnership with Hartlepool Council and The Environment Agency, a Grade 1 Listed structure which had been identified as having overtopping rates that posed a threat to public safety as well as a number properties being at risk from flooding.

Many properties in close proximity of the 14th century wall were at one time uninsurable. The flood defence improvement is now planned to provide up to 100 years’ protection and these properties now have the benefit of being able to gain valuable buildings insurance.

The company gained it’s second award for “going the extra mile” on the Hartlepool Town Wall project by opening up coastal frontage, improving access for pedestrians and blending seamlessly the original seawall and new setback wall. This award recognised the early contractor involvement and how Seymour went the extra mile where partnership working with Hartlepool Borough Council was key to the schemes success. The award also recognised the many community initiatives undertaken during the works including Christmas Tree planting, adapting programme of works to accommodate local community events and ‘wear it pink’ in aid of Cancer Research.

Seymour was, further awarded highly commended for its work on another flood alleviation scheme in partnership with Northumbrian Water, in the Brunton Park suburb of Newcastle, long a problem area due to surface and foul water interacting with the Ouseburn tributary of the Tyne.

Seymour completed its prizewinning sweep by winning both Health and Safety Company of the Year and Training Company of the Year.

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director of Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “It is with great satisfaction that we have been recognised as first in class in all the categories that we entered at this year’s CECA North East awards. The achievement is a culmination of years of hard work and professionalism. While we have won in each category previously we have never taken a clean sweep, full credit to the dedicated team at Seymour.”

The firm has recently started work on a £3.4 million regeneration of Church Street and Church Square in Hartlepool, working in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, The Tees Valley Combined Authority, The Heritage Lottery Fund, and Re-form Landscape.

Seymour Civil Engineering starts work on £3.4m Church Street and Square regeneration project in Hartlepool

from left, Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Leader of the Council, Niall Hammond, Heritage lottery Fund, Councillor Kevin Cranney, Alison Finch, Re-Form Landscape Architecture, Kevin Byrne, MD Seymour Civil Engineering, and Tess Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen

Seymour Civil Engineering has been named as the lead contractor for a Hartlepool Borough Council regeneration project which will breathe new life into Church Square and Church Street.

The regeneration project is part of plans to transform the area into a hub for creative industries. The project has been funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Hartlepool Borough Council.

The project will see Church Square given a major uplift, with the pedestrianisation of the area. A large oval event space will also be created, encircled by trees and raised seating in front of Hartlepool Art Gallery.

In Church Street, work will focus on making the street more open and widening the pavement along the south of the street to accommodate the larger numbers of people walking to and from the new Cleveland College of Art and Design campus at the bottom of the street. Engraved stones will also be set into the pavement outside key buildings, explaining their history.

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director of Seymour Civil Engineering said: “The project shows both vision and ambition. The development of the historic commercial centre into a centre

for the creative arts is refreshing. It breathes new life and energy into an area originally built be the far-sighted industrialists of the late 19th and 20th centuries

“By careful choice of materials the finished scheme will be aesthetically pleasing and durable.

“Seymour are extremely pleased to be delivering the construction phase of this scheme as it allows us to be part of the regeneration of central Hartlepool and deliver a quality product.

“These are exciting times and it’s great to be in at the start. By coincidence the current completion date falls at the 40th anniversary of the founding of Seymour Civil Engineering.”

Councillor Kevin Cranney, Chair of the Council’s Regeneration Services Ccommittee, said: “These much-needed improvements will enhance and celebrate this historic quarter of Hartlepool, creating an attractive and revitalised environment for people to enjoy and in which businesses can flourish.

As a leading North East civil engineering firm, Seymour have carried out a number of urban renewal projects in the region. Most recently the firm celebrated a landmark contract win securing civil and infrastructure work for the £18 million exhibition development at Beamish Museum.

Artist’s impression of how Church Square will look

Apprentices lead the way in inspiring the future of engineering

from left, Luke Bell, Sam Shaw and Klaudia Robinson

Apprentices from Seymour Civil Engineering, one of the North East’s leading civil contractors have spoken out about the importance of the apprenticeship route at the Bring It On North East event.

The exhibition, which was held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, targeted the engineers of the future and saw three apprentices from Seymour, Luke Bell, Sam Shaw, and Klaudia Robinson, inspiring youngsters and helping children from schools across the North East have a go on the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Bridge.

The event falls in line with research conducted by Engineering UK, revealing that companies need to recruit 56,000 engineers a year until 2022 to meet demand and currently there is an annual shortfall of 28,000 apprentices entering into the industry.

Klaudia, said: “It’s incredibly important to raise the aspirations of young people and to inform them of the options available to them. It gives them more to aim for and the more education we can give them surrounding careers in engineering then the better it is for the industry and the region.

“It’s especially important to remove the misconceptions that engineering is strictly a male career choice. I’ve seen the girls here at the event take just as much, if not more, interest in what he had to say and they have actively got involved with helping to erect the bridge.”

Sam said: “There have been so many school kids coming up to me and asking me questions about the bridge and what sort of engineering is involved in creating a structure such as this. It’s incredible to see children from all sorts of backgrounds taking an active interest in it.

“Some have even been telling me facts they know about engineering. One pupil told me that they knew why the bridge was made using triangles for the struts as it’s one of the most structurally durable shapes. It’s great that our region’s school children are learning things like this in school.”

Seymour now has a total of 6 apprentices, including Ryan Browell Junior, who is an apprentice engineer working on the firms Newcastle projects.

Luke Bell who attended the event, was taken on by Seymour this year alongside fellow student Darren Coombs.

Luke said: “Seymour coming into my school and making the effort to connect with me was exactly what I needed to make the decision to apply for an apprenticeship, which is why it is so important that events like this are put on and backed by local companies.

“I believe that engineering firms should be getting in front of teenagers to educate them on what careers are available to them. Careers events like Bring It On are the perfect way to meet and chat with students, engagement that could make a real difference to their decisions for the future.”

Seymour Civil Engineering completes work on the Skelton Townscape Project

 

An initiative being undertaken by Seymour Civil Engineering in collaboration with Skelton Villages Civic Pride, Redcar & Cleveland Council and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund has been completed in Skelton.

The project hopes to restore the town’s historical heritage and looks to improve already developed areas such as public roads and pathways, as well as public spaces in order to attract more visitors to the village.

The first visible works by Seymour began on the 30th May and included new landscaping at either end of the High Street and the area known as ‘The Hills’ as well as a mosaic to commemorate Skelton’s history being developed by local artists and school students. Part of the project will also involve the investigation of the site of a medieval settlement on the edge of Skelton.

Karl Brennan, Bid Coordinator at Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “As a local civil engineering contractor, we are delighted to be part of this scheme.

“Works were carried out to a timescale and within budget. We have engaged with local stakeholders to ensure that disruption is minimal and we will leave a legacy behind that will positively impact the local community.

“We always take a keen interest in promoting public work within towns and cities. By creating functional, aesthetic public spaces we provide a benefit to the local business and visitor economies which also contributes to the wider Tees Valley Powerhouse plan”

Councillor Bob Norton, Cabinet member for Economic Growth at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “This is a really exciting project and I would like to pay tribute to the work that Skelton Villages Civic Pride, Seymour Civil Engineering, Skelton Parish Council, the Skelton and Gilling Estate, and the Heritage Lottery Fund have undertaken.

“Thanks also go to local councillors and our team at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have done an excellent job to make this vision a reality.

“Their hard work has paid off and I hope this have a positive impact on the economy of Skelton for years to come.”

The next phase of the project is due to begin in early 2018. Consultations for works to buildings began in December 2016 with the tender process beginning in the autumn. The works include shop front replacements to 32 retail properties in the town and one residential property with window replacements being undertaken for all.

VIDEO: Yorwaste’s new £3m waste transfer station

 

A new £3 million waste transfer station has been open officially opened on the outskirts of York.

The waste transfer station, built by Yorwaste at its Harewood Whin facility, will handle 75,000 tonnes of waste each year. The waste will come from households in the City of York and Selby District Council areas, as well as Yorwaste’s commercial customers in North Yorkshire.

Waste that comes into the station will be sorted and bulked by Yorwaste before being taken for final disposal at the new Allerton Waste Recovery Park (AWRP), which is due to start accepting waste in August. The waste at AWRP, which is just off the A1 at Knaresborough, will be recovered into renewable energy.

Speaking at the official opening of the transfer station, Steve Barker, Managing Director of Yorwaste, said: “With the opening of Allerton Waste Recovery Park, it was essential to have a facility nearby where waste can be sorted and bulked before it goes for final disposal and recovery.

“We are therefore delighted that the waste transfer station, which is the best of its kind in the country, has opened on schedule, just as Allerton Park becomes fully operational.

“It means our local authority and commercial customers will have access to a state-of-the-art facility which, because of its location, will provide greater value for money and help them meet their environmental responsibilities through landfill diversion and more recycling and recovery of waste.

“This facility could not have been built without the support of so many people and organisations and these include the local community, City of York Council, our architects Vincent and Gorbing and contractor Seymour Civil Engineering. We would like to thank everyone for this support.

“These are very exciting times for Yorwaste as we continue to expand and cement our position as the leading waste management company in North Yorkshire.

“The completion of the waste transfer station takes our investment to over £10 million in the last few months, after we also took over management of North Yorkshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres and acquired Todd Waste Management.”

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director of Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “The project had several constraints, including time and working alongside an operational facility, but it has been very successful and we look forward to the opportunity to work together with Yorwaste again in the future.”

The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Barbara Boyce, pressed the button which opened the doors to the transfer station, enabling the first waste collection vehicle to enter to deposit waste.

Councillor Boyce said: “I have followed the building of this facility with interest and it’s fantastic to be part of something which will help to recycle and recover even more of York’s waste.”

Ella Foord speaks to the Student Engineer about learning on the job

Ella Foord

 

Seymour Civil Engineering is a Hartlepool-based contractor taking a pro-active approach to developing a workforce with the skills it needs to take the business forward.

The company has spoken out about the importance of working closely with degree students to combat a growing shortage of skilled workers, one of whom is being helped into her career with a mixture of classroom and on-the-job training.

She is 27-year-old Ella Foord, a Trainee Estimator who is undertaking a Quantity Surveying (Bsc) degree at Northumbria University, entering her third year in September 2017.

As The Student Engineer has found out, Ella’s many experiences include a year studying counselling, keeping the cows fed on the farm where she lives, and building the A19!

What position did you apply for when you joined Seymour aged 24?
Originally I applied for a trainee quantity surveyor position however in February 2014 the company gave me a call to invite me for another interview for a trainer estimator. I was then offered this position in June 2014.

Can you tell The Student Engineer what you were up to before you joined Seymour?
My previous position before coming to Seymour was a buyer for Eldwick Ltd, a small groundworks company based in the North Yorkshire Moors. This was my first experience within the construction industry, and I am still grateful of Eldwick Ltd for introducing me into the profession. The buyer role mainly focused on obtaining the materials and subcontractors for around seven housing sites and also a few commercial sites. I started in this position when I was 21, therefore had three years’ experience within the buying role. Within this time I learnt essential skills such as taking off drawings and gaining knowledge on what materials are needed for certain operations which helped me within the estimating role.

Three years on, what’s been the best project you’ve worked on and why?
The best project I have worked on has been the A19 improvement at the Silverlink junction in Newcastle. It was a challenging project with it being based around a very busy road junction, therefore I had to think of all the implications of each operation on the traffic surrounding the works. Part of the drainage package was looking at shaft sinking and tunnelling underneath the existing road for the new drainage, which I found fascinating as it was such a complex process.

How is your time divided between Seymour and uni? Do you find that this is a good ratio and in what ways are your university experiences helping you at Seymour?
I work at Seymour four days a week and the other day I attend university during the term times. Then I work full time when university is between terms. I do find it hard to fit in both work and university together over the winter time as I also live on a farm. Winter is our busiest time of year on the farm as the cows are confined to the sheds, therefore need to be fed up, cleaned out and given help with birthing their calves! So I do feel like I am juggling my work/life balance when it comes to winter time, but I’m sure it will all be worth the effort once I have graduated. I believe that the experiences from Seymour have helped me at university rather than the other way round, I can apply my knowledge I have gained from working at Seymour to help with my university work and provide real-life insight.

Seymour is funding your uni education. What criteria do you have to fulfil in order for them to do that
I have to pass all modules each year for Seymour to provide my fees for the next year. If I leave Seymour within two years of finishing my university course I have to pay back my fees to the company.

Have you found gender to be an issue in the workplace?
I don’t think my gender has ever been an issue as such, but I do feel that being a woman within the trade, you feel as though you have more to prove than men. Some people may still have a prejudice of women working within the engineering sector and you can sometimes feel belittled, but I would say these experiences are quite rare in this day and age. I recently attended the G4C awards where I was shortlisted for Higher Education Student of the Year in the North East. This was a massive achievement for me and to be nominated in a category where 3 out of 4 of those shortlisted were female really shows a shift in the industry. On top of this, I also noticed an even spread of both male and female individuals shortlisted in each category.

What advice would you give young people, particularly young women, looking to join your profession?
I believe it’s really difficult to know exactly what you want to do for the rest of your life at such a young age. When I was 18, I studied counselling at university for a year before I realised it was completely the wrong profession for me. My advice would be to try different lines of work before settling with the one you truly enjoy, and I would highly recommend a profession in the construction industry. Going to college to do a HNC in construction would help young people to decide which area within construction they are most interested in, and once they have decided which area I would recommend applying for an apprenticeship within a construction company. Apprenticeships are brilliant for gaining experience while learning alongside a job, in this sector companies look at experience more than education in this sector therefore any experience gives an advantage over other candidates.

 Finally, where do you see yourself in 5-years time?
I will have graduated and I expect to still be working within the estimating department for Seymour.

Originally featured in the Student Engineer 24th July 2017.