August 29, 2008

Adam Bypasses Uni for Dream Job ; in Association With DOVE BUILDING MATERIALS

A STUDENT has landed his dream job at a construction firm after helping to build a 2.7km bypass in Northumberland.

Adam Robson worked alongside Wolverhampton-based Carillion Civil Engineering between October 2006 and March 2007 to build the pounds 9m Pegswood Bypass linking Ashington and Morpeth.

After helping to complete the project, Adam used the contacts he had built up to secure an interview with Carillion for a full-time post.

After discussing his options, he decided to take on the role of trainee engineer rather than go to university and is also attending Newcastle College on day release to study an HNC in civil engineering.

He said: "Working with Carillion was a great experience and gave me a real foot in the door when I contacted them about possible employment opportunities.

"When I got in touch, they were already aware of what I could bring to a traineeship and it gave me an edge and helped me to get my job, so I would recommend it to anyone."

The young man, who was in year 12 of King Edward VI School in Morpeth while working on the bypass, was part of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East's Engineering Education Scheme, which saw 45 teams of students from across the North work on construction and engineering projects.

Stephen Larkin, regional director for the ICE, said: "The Engineering Education Scheme is designed to give young people a taste of the working environment, showing them how their skills can be used by an employer in a practical situation.

"Additionally, it gives those who take part a chance to show potential employers what they can do and this has really borne fruit for Adam, who has achieved his ultimate goal."

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