TWO Hartlepool College students who went on work experience with energy and regeneration business ENGIE are now working full time for the company.
Caitlin Towers and Callum Dougherty (pictured) both got to experience what it was like working on site when they took on a work placement at the Parkfields housing development in Stockton – which ENGIE is building on behalf of Thirteen Housing Group – to complement their studies at Hartlepool College.
The pair joined site manager Les Burdon and quantity surveyor Dan Crowther to get a taste for what their roles entailed on a day-to-day basis. The college duo impressed the team with their enthusiasm and work ethic.
Months later, Towers and Dougherty both applied for full-time roles with ENGIE’s technical team as trainee design coordinators — and landed the jobs.
For Towers, who studied Construction in the Built Environment, the opportunity to get a taste for different aspects of construction was invaluable when thinking about her future career.
“The work experience was a great opportunity to get practical experience of the different jobs I could go into,” she said. “It was also good to be able to talk to Les and Dan about what I liked doing and what I’d want to do as a career.
“I had already applied for the trainee design coordinator role before I did the work experience, and talking to them about what I enjoyed doing – and what I wanted to do – was exactly what I would be doing in this role.”
It was the same for Dougherty, who has always had an interest in construction, as the opportunity to experience different parts of the construction process helped him decide what he wanted to do.
“I enjoy working on a wide range of projects,” he said. “I knew that the opportunity to work with ENGIE would allow me to experience a lot of different situations and learn from a range of knowledgeable individuals.
“I am really enjoying my new job. It is an exciting role that allows me to get involved with lots of different aspects of a project, which is allowing me to learn a whole range of skills that I would not have the opportunity to develop in another job.”
As well as working with the technical team at ENGIE, the pair will also be studying for an HNC in Building Studies at Teesside University on a part-time basis to complement their roles.
Andrew McIntosh, regional managing director at ENGIE said: “I’m delighted to see Caitlin and Callum join the ENGIE team as Trainee Design Coordinators. The whole purpose of being able to offer so many work experience opportunities to students and young people is to give them a better idea of the construction industry and give them the practical experience to help them when they start looking for jobs.
“To see them make the most of their placements and decide they wanted to work with us is very rewarding and I wish them the best of luck in their careers.”