The Harry Fairclough Civil Engineering team recently welcomed Caroline Shepherd, a Civil Engineering student at Liverpool John Moores University, to join the team for a work experience placement to support in her degree studies.
During her placement Caroline has shadowed a number of individuals from within the Civils division of the business, working on varied and interesting infrastructure projects, including emergency flood and structural bridge repairs.
Caroline comments: “This year has been particularly challenging for students to access work experience opportunities and many of my peers haven’t managed to secure a placement, so I was really pleased to be offered the placement at Harry Fairclough. Working as part of the Civils team has allowed me to work with a range of individuals, working in a range of different roles, in both the head office environment and out on site. Prior to this I had a perception that I would be more suited to a design role, which would be largely desk based however now that I’ve experienced time on site, it’s opened my eyes to other options and I’m excited about the career options ahead.”
Harry Fairclough has an ongoing relationship with Liverpool John Moores University to support skills development for the construction workforce of the future. In 2018 a partnership was forged to offer students a degree apprenticeship scheme that includes academic study, blended with onsite experience over a 5-year period resulting in a BA (Hons) degree in Construction Management BSc. The first student to take this up, Sam Adams is a valuable addition to the team and so far has been involved in a number of exciting projects, alongside his studies.
Chris Wright, Managing Director, Civils Division at Harry Fairclough comments: “We were delighted to welcome Caroline to the team and she spent time on a number of our projects during her time with us, getting a feel for the variety of roles and experiences being part of a busy Civil Engineering team offers. It was quite fitting that we had another student from Liverpool John Moores to join us at this time, as we are currently building an iconic circular shaped new library for the University, raising engineering challenges for our team to tackle and resolve.”