Seven young people are setting off towards engineering careers after landing apprenticeships as Civil Engineering Technicians with Carillion, working on two prestigious highway projects.
Five apprentices have joined the team building the Lincoln Eastern Bypass for Lincolnshire County Council and two will be working on the second phase of the Great Yorkshire Way on behalf of Doncaster Council.
Callum Armstrong, 16, from Rossington, Doncaster, who is working on the Great Yorkshire Way said that his interest in civil engineering was sparked by a school visit organised by Carillion to see their work on the first phase of the Great Yorkshire Way.
Lee Tinkler, Carillion’s project director, said: “Our scheme specific apprenticeships were established in 2013 and have proven to be a fantastic success. These apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity to launch a career in civil engineering. The apprentices will gain hands-on experience at a project that will bring lasting benefits to the area while also receiving high quality training which will lead to valuable qualifications.”
Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, commented: “It’s great knowing that the next generation of civil engineers will be working on a project as important as the Lincoln Eastern Bypass.
“Because the project is so large, there will be plenty of learning opportunities for these local young people to sink their teeth into so that they walk away from this experience with the knowledge necessary to carry their new careers forward.”
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “It is excellent news that Callum and Diana are embarking on their careers as apprentices with Carillion working on Great Yorkshire Way – one of the most important infrastructure schemes built in Doncaster in recent years. I have long been a strong advocate of apprenticeships as a route for young people to build a successful and rewarding career.”
When complete during winter 2019, the Lincoln Eastern Bypass will take pressure off of the roads in and around Lincoln. It will also pave the way for the housing and economic developments that are vital for the county’s future prosperity.
The Lincoln Eastern Bypass project is part-funded by a £50m Central Government capital grant and aims to minimise traffic congestion, support Lincoln’s growth as a principal urban centre, and enhance the inter-city environment.
The Great Yorkshire Way has provided a new highway from the M18 at junction three to Doncaster Sheffield Airport with links into Rossington and the iPort development.
Work on phase two of Great Yorkshire Way has now begun. This will complete the high quality direct link from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to the M18 and also White Rose Way and Lakeside, the site of the new National College for High Speed Rail.
Carillion is working on the project as part of the joint venture with Tarmac on the Midlands Highways Alliance MSF2 contract.
The five Lincoln apprentices are:
Nicholas Scott, 17, from Thorpe on the Hill, Lincoln
Eloise Hesnan, 17, from Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln
Alex Luff, 18, from Grimsby
Troy Milstad, 16, from Welton, Lincoln
Lewis Mount, 17, from Birchwood, Lincoln
The two apprentices working on the Yorkshire project are:
Diana Veidere, 16 from Scunthorpe
Callum Armstrong, 16, from Rossington, Doncaster
Nicholas Scott: “I applied for an apprenticeship because it offered ‘on the job’ training to a high standard with professionals in the civil engineering industry.”
Eloise Hesnan: “I am extremely excited about working on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass. To have the opportunity to work on such a huge project and investment is unbelievable.”
Alex Luff: “This opportunity is life-changing. The job role that I am training for is a career for life. There are also various opportunities in the construction sector which, once I have completed my apprenticeship and any additional training, I can move on to train and develop in.”
Troy Milstead: “I’ve always had a passion for civil engineering. This is a chance to be part of a huge project that will help thousands of people in and around Lincoln travel with more ease of access.”
Lewis Mount: “I am looking forward to working on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass as it’s a huge project where there’s loads of opportunities to gain experience and knowledge from the experienced people working on it. When the project’s finished, I can look back and think, I built that.”
Diana Veidere: “I wanted to gain independence and have more control of my life without cutting back on my education, so having a pay cheque and a full time job with an educational level to it is the perfect solution.”
Callum Armstrong: “The visit to the project pushed my focus even more towards this line of work. On top of going to the site, we also did small activities such as building a bridge out of limited resources to a certain length to hold a bag of sweets. It was fun but it also related to real life things. For me to be working on this scheme is amazing. It’s right next to my hometown so when it’s done I will not only use it but I will be looking at it and reminding myself that I helped build it.”