Young people have taken their first steps into the world of work after taking part in a work placement with Wynne Construction. Kate Harrison, 19, and Joe Beagan, 17, spent time shadowing the team working on the Coleg Cambria Yale site redevelopment project to gain an insight into the industry.
A second-year civil engineering student at Swansea University, Kate, from Wrexham has always harboured an interest in infrastructure. She said: “My university helped me find the placement, but I’ve been interested in civil engineering for a long time and been fascinated by infrastructure projects like buildings and bridges. The Yale site is a big project that involves different trades and has given me a great opportunity to see how they all work together on a job of this size. I’ve definitely got a better understanding of how a construction project works and from the management side how a plan will develop from the initial brief and plans. It’s shown me more of the process.”
Kate praised the support of the Wynne team who guided her through the processes on site. She also spent two days with civil engineering consultants, Haltec based in Chester. She added: “All the team have been really helpful, taking the time to show me through how things work and this placement has definitely shown the different pathways available for a career in civil engineering.”
Joe spent a week working with Wynne Construction before he returned to sixth form at Hawarden High School. Joe spent time with Wynne’s quantity surveyors and site managers, as well as spending two days working alongside the project architects, TACP at their offices in Wrexham.
He said: “I really enjoyed it, I’m passionate about design and architecture and wanted to learn as much as possible. It was really interesting, and the team were good at showing me what it’s actually like on a construction project. This will help me moving forward if I decide to go on to university or take up a degree apprenticeship.”
Alison Hourihane, business and community development manager, Wynne Construction, said: “We are always pleased to provide learning and experience for students keen to get involved in the construction industry. It’s great to offer these opportunities and I hope the time Kate and Joe spent with our teams is helpful in their career choices moving forward.”