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Skills Stories: Early career experiences from the South West

Event organised by ICE

14 May 2020

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Join ICE President Paul Sheffield for a special online event focusing on early career skills and development with personal ‘skills stories’ from graduate, student and apprentice members from across the South West region.

This online event will include short presentations from early career professionals sharing their lived experience of skills development at colleges, universities and within the workplace.

The President and one of his Future Leaders, Joseph Marner, will provide a response and frame the discussion around civil engineering skills for those at the start of their careers, providing their views around the future skills requirements of the industry.

Audience participation is actively encouraged in the form of comments or questions during the live event. Alternatively, questions can be emailed in advance to [email protected]

The session is being co-chaired by Vessy Dobreva, G&S Chair & SW Rep for GSNet and graduate engineer with Mott Macdonald and Rob Henley, Chair of Bristol & Bath GSA Committee and Transport Planner at Arup.

Speakers include:

  • Paul Sheffield, ICE President
  • Joseph Marner, ICE President’s Future Leader
  • Anna Gates, Civil Engineering Apprentice, Hinkley Point C
    Anna will share her perspective as an apprentice at the largest construction site in the South West, including how she has been encouraged as a team member. She’ll discuss the challenges of balancing skills development in work and university and what role apprentice civil engineers can play in helping to develop the skills of other young people.
  • Kyra Wilson, Civil Engineering Undergraduate, University of Exeter
    What’s it like to study civil engineering at university in 2020? Kyra will share insights about her course and how working as an ICE Student Ambassador has helped her gain contacts throughout the industry. Also, find out how being a QUEST Scholar can help individuals develop a greater range of skills and lead to new opportunities
  • Rosie Poad, Graduate Engineer, WSP
    Rosie will share her experiences of volunteering for STEM Build Malawi and how working with a multi-disciplined team and the local community has enriched her professional and personal development. Discover her approach to CPD and what she believes are the key skills that graduate engineers need to nurture.

For more information please contact:

Barbara Sweet