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Next generation of civil engineers continue work on bypass project with new contractor

Galliford Try has taken on Carillion’s Lincoln Eastern Bypass apprentices and a structured career development programme will now be provided to each of them via the Galliford Try Academy.

Eloise Hesnan, Alex Luff, Nicholas Scott and Lewis Mount

Eloise Hesnan, Alex Luff, Nicholas Scott and Lewis Mount

The four young people started work on the scheme last October and have already gained invaluable experience in the field of civil engineering, having assisted with works in the River Witham area, at the A158 Wragby Road intersection and the new rail bridge for the Market Rasen line in Greetwell.

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, commented:

“We’re really pleased that Galliford Try has taken these local apprentices on to continue working on the scheme.

“The eastern bypass is the city’s biggest road project in decades, so it will most definitely offer up plenty of real-world, on-the-job experience that would be hard to come by if working on smaller infrastructure projects.

“Our hope is that the knowledge they gain while working on the bypass will help shape their futures in civil engineering and provide them with the tools needed to successfully carry their careers forward in the future.”

Stephen Tomkins, Operations Director for Galliford Try Highways, said:

“We’re delighted to have provided an opportunity for the apprentices to continue working on the eastern bypass. They’re all making a great contribution to our team.

“We’re passionate about attracting young talent into the industry and we hope that their involvement in such a high profile, local scheme will further fuel their enthusiasm for construction.”

Quotes from the apprentices

Nicholas Scott, 18, from Thorpe on the Hill, Lincoln:

“It’s been a very interesting four months working on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, as I came into this industry with no prior experience. So far, I’ve spent the majority of my time with the operatives, where I’ve developed my knowledge of different construction practices and used my practical skills to contribute to the scheme.”

Eloise Hesnan, 18, from Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln:

“My first four months of working on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass project have been great. I’ve learnt a variety of new skills, like using GPS and Feno markers to take detailed measurements, and cannot wait to continue working with the engineers and quantity surveyors throughout the rest of the project.”

Alex Luff, 18, from Grimsby:

“My first four months of working on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass scheme have been challenging. I’ve been heavily involved with the commercial team where I have been able to use skills, like accounting and problem solving, while developing as an individual and professional.”

Lewis Mount, 17, from Birchwood, Lincoln:

“These four months working as a Trainee Site Engineer have been very beneficial to me. I’ve learnt all sorts of engineering skills, such as setting out using the Trimble and testing concrete. I can’t wait for what the future holds.”

In addition to the four apprentices it’s taken on from Carillion, Galliford Try has also retained 14 other Carillion staff members working on the bypass.

When complete, the bypass will start at a new roundabout on the A15 Sleaford Road and finish at the A158 Wragby Road, connecting with the existing northern relief road and becoming the next step towards creating a complete ring road around the city.

The 7.5km Lincoln Eastern Bypass project is part-funded by a £50m Central Government capital grant and aims to improve Lincoln’s infrastructure, encourage growth, minimise traffic congestion and enhance the inter-city environment.

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