University of Bath student Molly McMaster has received a prestigious award from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) for her outstanding performance during a placement year.
The placement was part of her MEng course in civil engineering.
Molly, from Southsea, received the CECA University of Bath Industrial Placement Award for her achievements while working with Interserve Construction.
During her year, Molly worked on the M5 Junction 6 improvement scheme in Worcester, a major investment project aimed at supporting local economic growth and expansion.
She used her initiative to develop a ‘live’ spreadsheet to show how the works were progressing, co-ordinated drainage operations, worked closely with subcontractors and traffic managers, and produced technical drawings.
She also attended the Women in Construction summit in London, and returned to site with clear recommendations on providing facilities and appropriate PPE for women, which were subsequently shared with Interserve’s diversity team.
Paul Santer, CECA South West Regional Director, said that the success of Molly and the other winners highlighted the current opportunities available for young people in civil engineering.
He said: “Molly has made a fantastic start to her chosen career and is an inspiration to others of her generation looking for a working life that is well paid, different every day and which rewards talent.
“We need more bright, enthusiastic young people like Molly to join our construction industry, to bring new skills and fresh ideas and to play a part in building the UK infrastructure fundamental to future prosperity.”
The CECA South West Training Awards are presented annually to trainee civil engineers and apprentices in recognition of exceptional performance.
Molly received a trophy and cheque for £500 from Dave Ellis, Chairman of CECA South West, at the awards ceremony in Torquay.