Representatives from Tarmac’s graduate population attended a roundtable event hosted by Highways Magazine, to celebrate 2018 as the Year of Engineering.
The event, which was sponsored by Tarmac, brought together graduates from across the highways sector to discuss a number of topics, including how organisations can promote the industry to attract and develop more engineering graduates, as well as graduates’ experience of working in the industry and their role in driving both driving innovation and shaping the sector’s future.
Louise Aspinall, a project engineer and former graduate and Liam Owen, a current apprentice trainee supervisor represented Tarmac, along with Graeme Boylen, HR director.
Commenting on the day, Louise said: “It’s been fantastic to get involved with this event, and take part in discussions with my peers from across the UK. This industry is a great place to work, and I believe that we can all play a role in showcasing this to school children and young engineers by demonstrating the support and career development that I’ve received.”
Liam, who won Apprentice of the Year with Tarmac in 2016, said: “Tarmac’s apprenticeship scheme has given me so many great opportunities and experiences, and I’ve been supported to learn and develop by everyone around me. The combination of unique experiences and career development support has been fantastic, and attending this event is just another example of how we’re given real responsibility and encouraged to lead.”
Graeme Boylen commented: “I was pleased to attend this event and am extremely proud of Louise and Liam who are great ambassadors for Tarmac and this industry. Recruiting more young people from diverse backgrounds, especially within STEM subjects, remains a priority for us. This roundtable is just part of our efforts to showcase the construction industry, as well as the training, support and career pathways that Tarmac offers.”
The event was also supported by the Chartered Institute of Highways and transportation, The Institute of Highway Engineers and Highways England.