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Understanding transport careers in civil engineering for students

Event organised by ICE

09 April 2024
11:00 - 12:15 BST (GMT+1)

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Civil engineering encompasses everything that is is part of our daily lives and that would be hard to live without! These include the roads we travel on, the pavements we walk on, the schools we attend, the offices we work in, the hospitals we visit, the water that comes out of our taps, the water we flush away, the lights we turn on and much, much more. 

Civil engineers design, build and connect the world around us, but how did they become civil engineers and what do they actually do at work? 

Hosted by Rose Rees, head of engagement and skills at Midland Metro Alliance, three civil engineers working in the transport sector will share their own civil engineering journeys and describe how they spend their working days. With backgrounds in railways, trams and highways, between them they have a wealth of knowledge to share about the transport sector. 

Hear from Karen Notman, the Midlands Highway Alliance Plus manager at Leicestershire County Council; Mike Barnett, head of highways and transport technical support at Leicestershire County Council, and Bethany Williamson, a site engineer apprentice working on the HS2 project in Birmingham for Balfour Beatty. 

Aimed at Sixth Form students with an interest in Science, Maths, Engineering or Technology (STEM) subjects, this event is for those who may be considering civil engineering as a career or simply want to find out more about the sector. 


Bethany Williamson

Bethany Williamson

Balfour Beatty

site engineer apprentice

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Bethany Williamson

Bethany is a site engineer apprentice at Balfour Beatty, working on the HS2 project. She is currently concluding the fourth year of her five-year apprenticeship. A previous member of the design management team, she has experience in design co-ordination, and is now working as site engineer on 3 overbridges for the HS2 railway line near to Birmingham Airport.

Rose Rees

Rose Rees

Midland Metro Alliance (MMA)

head of engagement and skills

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Rose Rees

Rose Rees is head of engagement and skills at Midland Metro Alliance (MMA), MMA is an alliance of nine partners working on behalf of Transport for West Midlands to design and construct new tram extensions across the region. Rose and her team inform and support stakeholders who may be affected by the construction works.

Rose also focuses on engaging with educational establishments, youth groups and other community organisations to support the recruitment, training and development of West Midlands residents. She is passionate about encouraging young people to consider careers in rail and construction and as Chair of the Black Country Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, promotes apprenticeships to young people to ensure they have an informed choice of future opportunities and also to employers to “grow their own” future talent. 

For more information please contact:

Jessica Shardlow

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