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Sean Taylor

Graduate Scheme

"Working for BRE has provided me with the opportunity to get involved in some fascinating areas of work."

Working for BRE has provided me with the opportunity to get involved in some fascinating areas of work, all whilst expanding my knowledge, refining my skillset and kick-starting my career.

Before coming to BRE, I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering. This set me up well for my first placement in BTG where I jumped straight in with conducting structural testing to UKAS test standards and writing technical reports. Following that, I spent 6 months in BREEAM with both the Communities and Strategic development teams. This provided a chance to get an insight into how BREEAM is operated on a day-to-day basis and how the complete update cycle is managed. My third placement was in the Sustainable Products team, where I spend time project managing sustainability certification work on construction materials and providing consultancy for several EU funded research projects. I have just started in the Fire Investigation team where I have been involved in setting up life-size fire experimentation, both to inform government policy and to answer legal questions surrounding real fires in the built environment.

Overall, the sheer variety of the work I have been involved in has been fascinating and the graduate scheme has offered a flavour of the range of services offered by a company with a diverse range of business activities!

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