“I have always had an interest in things like structures and bridges and when my school was offered the chance to do a Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering with Fife College, it never really clicked as something that I would consider doing until some of my friends enrolled onto the course and recommended it to me.
“The course has been good so far and has provided me with a completely different learning experience from school. The work placement was definitely my favourite aspect of the course!
“The FA has provided me with a great deal of knowledge in civil engineering. Although my school currently offers engineering as a subject, civil engineering isn’t really touched upon so this has been very beneficial.
“My work placement consisted of a week with Almondbank Flood Prevention Scheme and a week at Balfour Beatty’s head office in Motherwell. At the Flood Prevention Scheme, I was involved in a project to construct concrete walls to prevent houses from flooding. I got to see pump stations being installed to dispose of excess water and generally how the site operates which was really interesting to see. I used to go past construction sites and wonder why they were so messy so it was good to gain an understanding of the work that goes on.
“At Balfour Beatty’s head office, I got to see behind the scenes which involved observing how departments get material to the sites and the financial side of the business. The College were able to provide all the transportation to the work placements and I feel they have been very supportive to us throughout the course.
“The course has helped prepare me for a career in the industry and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about a career in engineering.”