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"The encouragement, support and opportunities presented has meant that several senior members evolved right through from graduate level; this is inspiring, motivating and promising for all of us starting our career at that level."
Being a true 'handyman', my grandfather was forever carrying out home and farm improvements and together we undertook many ventures from retiling bathrooms to constructing entire new cattle sheds. These early experiences developed my passion for planning, problem solving, calculation, design and honest hard work. Civil Engineering became a clear choice and I'm extremely fortunate to have been able to study and now apply my knowledge in a not too dissimilar way to that which I enjoyed as I grew up.
Working on the Crossrail contract at Farringdon Station gave me excellent exposure to a range of activities over 11 months. I was Site Engineer working on a large capping beam, and when my Section Engineer had an extended period of leave, I was given increased responsibility and my confidence was boosted.
Since then I have been shifted to focus on SHW2, a large shaft providing lift and emergency access to the Crossrail platforms, as well as a drainage sump, plant rooms, ventilation and other services. My responsibilities are mainly managing the safe systems of work, quality assurance processes, and design issues involved. This involves close work with both the client and designers, and I have developed strong working relationships with both. I've also had the opportunity to work with subcontractors, collaboratively planning and managing their activities on site.
I admire Kier's sustainable strategy in dealing with clients and subcontractors, and appreciate its clear care for employees. The encouragement, support and opportunities presented by the company has meant that several senior members have evolved right through from graduate level. This is inspiring, motivating and promising for all of us starting our career at that level.