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National Women in Engineering Day 2016 / Diwrnod Cenedlaethol Menywod mewn Peirianneg 2016

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To celebrate National Women In Engineering Day , we wanted to share the story of Marianna Mercado, an engineer who works for Network Rail. Please describe your current role:

SCADA Senior Project Engineer – I am responsible for ensuring that the Control and Monitoring System of the High Voltage Substations for Crossrail is designed, tested and built to the necessary requirements. I deal on a daily basis with a large number of stakeholders: designers, subcontractors, system commissioning parties and other major Network Rail Projects such...

Read our latest Budding Brunels Professional Interview - Mechanical Services Engineer

Chelsie is a Mechanical Services Engineer - Read her story:

This month's interview is with Chelsie Hedges who is a Mechanical Services Engineer at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services. Read about her day to day responsibilities, how she got there and the not so helpful 'advice' that has spurred her on.

Tell us about yourself:

Who are you, what’s your job, and what company do you work for?

My name’s Chelsie Hedges and I’m a Mechanical Services Engineer at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services.

Tell us about your position:

What do you do...

Budding Brunels with AECOM

Last month on the 21st - 23rd March, a Budding Brunels project ran in Newcastle in partnership with AECOM, a global consultancy that provides professional, technical and management support services.

On day one, students were given the opportunity to network with professionals from both AECOM and Carillion and gained an insight into a diversevariety of roles, such as Sustainability Manager, Bridge Engineer, CAD Technician and Site Ecologist. They also had a guided tour of part of the Morpeth Northern Bypass which was the focus for the site visit.

The second day took place at the...

Budding Brunels Case Study: Nawaal Abdalla-Omar

Nawaal took part in a recent Budding Brunels course and was offered a work placement with Taylor Woodrow. In her words, here's her story:


Budding Brunels , a project run by Construction Youth Trust, gave me the fantastic opportunity for a weeks’ work experience with Taylor Woodrow at the Old Oak Depot earlier this term.

Pre-Work Experience

Before my placement started I needed to first research the company so I’d have a better understanding of what they are about. What I found was that they are a company who are owned by a large firm called...

National Apprenticeship Week - Budding Brunels Alumni

As it's National Apprenticeship Week, we have been catching up with some past Budding Brunels students who have since moved into apprenticeships to hear how they are getting on.

Jack Reidy took part in a Budding Brunels programme back in 2013 when we partnered with Vinci. He is now undertaking a Train Maintenance apprenticeship with TFL.

Please can you tell us about your career to date and how you became interested in working in the construction sector?

I had just finished college at a UTC studying mechanical engineering, and my dad, who works at TFL, infleunced and...

#NotJustForBoys Workshop

International Women’s Day provided the perfect backdrop for our first #notjustforboys workshop. The workshop took place in Villiers High School, Southall, and was the final in a series of sessions run with the Year 10 cohort in partnership with the National Careers Service.

Twenty-three young women took part, alongside eight female role-models from the industry. Volunteers represented specialisms as diverse as Architecture, Civil Engineering, Planning, Procurement and Quantity Surveying.

Two fun-filled hours saw participants interview role models to add to their pack of...

Students learn importance of a Master Plan on the Introduction to Property Development Course

In the third week of the Introduction to Property Development course with Land Securities, students spend the day with architects Wilkinson Eyre.

Students from Westminster City School and Pimlico Academy who are participating in the Introduction to Property Development course spent the day with industry professionals from architects Wilkinson Eyre to learn about the process required to develop a master plan for a property development or redevelopment.

Developed in partnership with Land Securities, Construction Youth Trust’s bespoke Introduction to Property...

Read our latest Budding Brunels Professional Interview - Stone Consultant

Robert is a Consultant - Read his story:

Robert Merry is a self-employed consultant with a specialism more interesting then it may sound at first – stone! In the following interview, he tells us exactly what he does and how he ended up working in such a niche part of the construction industry.

Tell us about yourself:

Who are you, what’s your job, and what company do you work for?

I run a small company called The Stone Consultants. Our work includes; project management of sub-contract stone projects – mainly interiors in high end houses in Central London,...

Read our new Budding Brunels Professional - Architectural Assistant

Aleric is an Architectural Assistant working for Grimshaw Architects and has taken the time out to answer a few questions about the role and what it's like to work at a top Archtiectural firm:

Name: Alaric Campbell-Garratt Tell us about yourself:

Who are you, what’s your job, and what company do you work for?

I work for Grimshaw Architects as an Architectural Assistant. I am still qualifying to be an Architect.

Tell us about your position:

Is your role a permanent fulltime one, or part of a graduate scheme? If grad, how does the programme work?


2015 Highlights

As the year draws to a close, we reflect on some of our highlights from 2015.

From all of us at Construction Youth Trust, we would like to wish all our supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It has been a fantastic year, and we couldn’t have done it without you. We have achieved so much this year and have helped to educate, train and inspire many young people about careers in the construction industry. With your help, next year is looking to be even bigger, so please continue your support in order to help us to help them.

Download our 2015 highlights PDF here....