A STUDENT hoping to lay the foundations for a career in the construction trade has gained valuable experience – working on the creation of a new £4.75m school.
Fifteen-year-old Ellen Garbutt spent the past week with Kier North East, as the firm pressed ahead with developing state-of-the-art premises for Dormanstown Primary School pupils to return to in September.And the Redcar Academy student, who is undertaking a Level 2 Engineering Diploma, has relished the chance to get first-hand experience of the industry.
Ellen spent two days on the Dormanstown site, before visiting the company’s Hebburn offices in South Tyneside.
She said: I have really enjoyed taking part in this special work experience. I have learned a lot about the construction and engineering industry and it has opened my eyes as to how these sorts of places work.
Kier North Easts Corporate Responsibility Manager Terry Hanlon said: “At Kier North East we actively encourage women to consider the construction industry as a career and Ellen has been a refreshing addition to the team. She took part in Kier North Easts Women into Construction workshop earlier in the year so its a credit to the Kier team that she asked to spend her work experience with us.
Redcar Academy headteacher Stuart Rees said: I am delighted that Ellen has had this wonderful opportunity to visit a real-life engineering environment where she has been able to gain a deep insight into a variety of possible careers.
Ellen is currently undertaking the Engineering Diploma, which has at its heart engagement with real employers in real-life situations. I’d like to give Kier Construction the credit for giving Ellen this insight into the exciting world of engineering.
Councillor Joan Guy, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Councils Cabinet Member for Childrens Services and Education, added: The building of the new Dormanstown Primary School is a very exciting development and I am pleased that Ellen has learned so much from being a part of it. I wish her every success now and in the future.
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