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Harbour Way Helps Boosts Civil Engineering Careers

16 November 2012

The Harbour Way team has been working closely with Careers Wales over the past two years since starting work on the £107m dual carriage way in Port Talbot, offering school aged pupils an insight into what is needed for a career in Civil Engineering through presentations, mock interviews and work experience placements.

Following a mock interview session at Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School in Neath, 15 year old student Tom Bevan showed an interest in engineering after speaking to Costain’s Community Relations Manager, Ieuan Davies, having never previously considered that career path before.

Tom undertook several work placements at the Harbour Way site, to get firsthand experience working on a busy site and has now enrolled in a civil engineering course at Neath Port Talbot College.

Speaking of his experience, Tom said “I was very grateful for the opportunity.  Everyone in Costain has been very helpful and took the time to explain things to me whenever I asked a question.

“It was a real eye opener to see what happens on site and the work that goes on there.  I really enjoyed the experience and now feel I have a better understanding of what type of work I would like to pursue for my future.”

Debbie Warlow, a Careers Adviser at Cefn Saeson for Careers Wales added “’Education Business Partnerships is essential in providing pupils with experience to prepare them for the world of work. The mock interview exposed Tom to careers that he had not previously considered.  After his interview with Ieuan from Costain, Tom became interested in civil engineering and came to see me to discuss further. Tom was excited about the opportunity of work experience at the Harbour Way project and we discussed career paths into civil engineering.

“Tom’s experience at Costain has helped confirm his career ideas and has given him an invaluable insight into careers in civil engineering.  On behalf of Careers Wales I would like to thank Costain for this invaluable opportunity and for all their ongoing support and services they provide us in helping to ensure positive outcomes.”

Costain’s Community Manager, Ieuan Davies, spoke of how much Tom has progressed since their first meeting at Cefn Saeson’s Mock Interview day “It’s great to see our involvement with schools in Neath Port Talbot bear fruit in such a way.  When I spoke to Tom it sparked an interest in civil engineering.  He followed that up by coming to site to speak to our engineers to find out more about their job roles before coming back for work experience.  That lead to him enrolling on a Civil Engineering course at college and he’s since been back to site for another weeks placement.

“Tom’s college tutor speaks highly of him and his enthusiasm and initiative has impressed everyone at Harbour Way.  I am sure Tom has a bright future ahead of him.”

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