Meet our Project Management shortlisted candidates:
Tes is a Project Manager at Arcadis in London in the Higher Education Sector, working with large Universities such as University of Essex, and University College London (UCL).
He began his career as a Civil Engineer with Laing O’Rourke and quickly moved to a business leadership role where he became passionate about continuous improvement in the industry and the factors that make a project successful. He is most proud for his diverse understanding in the industry, being an Incorporated Engineer, a Member of the ICE and IET, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, skills adding value in his current position as a Project Manager. He is currently pursuing accreditation in Project Management with RICS and APM.
His involvement in charity work, includes being a Strategy leader for Engineers for Overseas Development (London Branch) and at present managing a charity appeal for mental health. He had previously led a CSR project at the Hassenbrook School (Stanford-le-hope, Essex), and provided free business consultancy services to Social Enterprises in construction.
Being zealous of improving others and sharing knowledge through collaborative learning, Tes provides support and mentoring for young construction professionals in achieving their professional goals. He is currently involved with Imperial College London, teaching Construction Law and for EngineersHe has previously engaged in Constractionarium as a student and as a Contractor, and is now engaged with other institutions to promote a breadth of construction knowledge to all taught disciplines.
With the right collaboration mentality across the project parties, the enabling power of technology, and empowering of young talent, Tes believes in, and is looking forward to a more streamlined forward-looking construction industry.
Aron is a Project Manager at Arcadis in London. Aron started his career during his degree at UCL as a Year Out Project Manager with the firm, and was promoted to Project Manager within a few months of graduation. He is currently Lead Project Manager on several new-build schools, including a ground-breaking SEN School in Feltham, and a £30m all-through school on the site of an existing football stadium.
Aron is also working on an initiative of his within Arcadis, looking at the issue of demand led provision in the form of placements for children with Special Educational Needs. Land scarcity, funding difficulties and an increasing number of children being placed “out-of-authority” result in a disproportionate amount of revenue funding being allocated to a tiny percentage of the pupil population. Arcadis is bringing together colleagues in Local Authorities, Trusts and Charities, to provide an open forum for review of the issues facing SEN provision, and propose a series of solutions.
Aron has also used his position within Arcadis to help disadvantaged local charities. He is working with Action for Kids, a charity in Haringey whose mission is to give as many young people with disabilities as possible the opportunity to work or volunteer in their community. Aron is using his skills and network is provide architectural and building surveying assistance to Action for Kids, designing the interior of their new building. Arcadis are also helping AfK to masterplan their site.
Michael is a Project Surveyor for Wates Construction Ltd and has been with the company for nearly 9 years. Upon joining Wates Michael enrolled on a part time Quantity Surveying degree course at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford where he achieved a first class honours award.
More recently Michael worked very hard to gain his chartered status with the RICS. In addition to successfully managing the commercial aspects of several prestigious projects Michael also finds time to carry out a number of extra curricula activities including working as a Construction Ambassador and visiting local schools and academies to discuss the construction industry, offer careers advice and participate in workshops and presentations.
One of Michael’s proudest moments is the work he has done over the last 3 years to encourage the use of Social Enterprise companies on Wates projects within his region.
Anika joined onto Wates Construction graduate scheme following a degree in Geography and a Masters in Spatial Planning. Anika had no prior experience of construction but has pushed herself to ensure that she could gain as much experience as possible to help to further her career and add value to the projects that she was part of. She undertook a HNC in Construction to help to gain further knowledge of construction and is currently working towards becoming CIOB chartered.
Her role has now moved into planning, where she has been able to get the chance to look at projects within construction and pre-construction phases. This role has allowed her to further her career by giving her opportunities to look at new construction methods and identify certain health and safety aspects that were paramount within her graduate role.
Anika has been fortunate enough to be involved within the construction trainee boards helping to look at new ideas that can enhance the business. Anika feels it is important to get more young people interested in construction so have presented to schools and universities, trying to raise awareness of what careers there are within construction.
Faults and Services Site Engineer
Over the past three years of his apprenticeship, Tom has worked on various sites and projects including the £52m Woodhead 400kV replacement project.
During this time Tom led by example as more senior members of staff left the project for various reasons.
Having been fast tracked through the apprenticeship program, Tom went on to assist in the delivery in of the second phase of the Woodhead project as a Site Engineer having first started as a technical apprentice.
Following this Tom moved to the Faults and Services business unit, where he has provided a reactive service to the customers for electrical faults across Northern England & Wales. During this time Tom, successfully studied for a bespoke foundation degree in Construction Management & Electrical Power Engineering at Aston University.
Tom has actively promoted the construction industry attending young offender institutions to promote routes into the industry. He has also promoted STEM subjects at national events on the behalf of the company. In 2014, Tom successfully completed the Manchester Marathon raising over £800 for a charity that has provided home respite and support services for young children with heart defects or feeding issues.
Apprentice Project Manager
My Name is Adam Patel and I am a 21 year old Project Management Apprentice. Starting this fantastic LMPA programme (London Major Programmes Apprenticeship), I came into the construction/project management industry with little knowledge. My previous experience at work was mainly in retail so coming into a whole different industry (Construction) was very challenging, however after what this programme provides and the hard work I have put in achieving what I want to achieve, I believe I have sufficient knowledge regarding project management and construction. However I know I still have a lot more to learn and I am more than dedicated to learn. Hard work is one of my strongest passions, I love to work hard and achieve great things in this programme. I am very ambitious and always want to achieve 1 more than everyone else. One great achievement I have accomplished is my confidence. I came into this programme with low confidence as I have always been a very shy person in front of people who I have never met. I always had a fear of standing in front of people and talking, I was never able to do it until I joined this programme. What this programme has done for me is completely change my confidence from being a shy person into an extremely confident man. This time last year if anyone asked me to present myself to a Director of my company I would be very scared, in fact would refuse to present myself. However what I have learnt from my apprenticeship as well as work is to stand up be confident and to show no fear. This is exactly what happened and I was able to present myself to the Director of my company (with roughly about 30 colleagues of his) which I find as an amazing achievement. Also being with Network Rail for such short time, I have been given the trust and the confidence to negotiates terms and contracts with clients personally. It is through such trust I feel I had been given an amazing opportunity to show my manager my strengths so I wouldn’t want to let anyone down, therefore I gave it my best and spoke to my clients who are involved in the specific project. Thankfully the negotiations went well and the clients were happy to accept what I was asking for on behalf of my project manager and the clients also gave positive feedback to my manager. Along with my confidence I feel this task I was given has to be one of my greatest achievements as an apprentice who struggled adapting to a new industry 7 months later is negotiating with real clients I feel is an achievement to be proud of. I am also proud of the fact that I have already been involved with Construction Youth Trust during my 7 months in this apprenticeship. This was being sponsored by family, friends and colleagues to climb up the Heron Tower by stairs (37 floors!!!) for Construction Youth Trust charity. So I am proud to have already been related with this company previously for charity.
Trainee Project Manager
At college I studied a vocational BTEC in Pharmaceutical Science. Having worked in a Pharmacy for 2 years I knew it was time for me to pursue a higher education course in a subject of my interest and choice, and therefore applied to universities for a BSc in Construction Management.
During my first year at Birmingham City University I was selected as 1 of 4 students on the Pilot Scheme for the Building Birmingham Scholarship (BBS), It was through this I managed to secure a six week summer placement with EC Harris (now Arcadis LLP). I was then offered a fixed term contract until mid-September 2014, when I was to go back to university full-time, however before the fixed term contract was to end I was offered a permanent position within the company.
I am currently working as a Trainee Project Manager for Arcadis LLP. Whilst working full-time, I now continue to complete my BSc in Construction Management on a part-time basis. I am due to complete my degree in 2017 and aim to work towards becoming a chartered Construction Project Manager.
In 2014 I was awarded the CIOB Academic Excellence Award and as a result of this, once I have graduated, I will have my final year dissertation entered for the CIOB International Innovation and Research Awards.
I continue to be a leading example for young females in the Construction Industry. My involvement extends to the wider community by helping students to consider and apply for a discipline within the Built Environment. When attending events in schools, colleges, universities and private industry events I represent not just the BBS but also the company I am an employee of, by giving speeches, providing advice to motivate and encourage students and sharing my story in order to guide people towards this industry.