Amanjeet – Engineering
Amanjeet first engaged with Women into Construction (WiC) whilst undertaking a BEng Civil and Transportation Engineering degree at Wolverhampton University. Amanjeet was looking to explore the range of careers available within construction to use her qualification. However, upon graduating in 2020, she struggled to find employment due to Covid, so she re-engaged with WiC to see how they could further support her.
In February 2021, Amanjeet completed a virtual 4-week programme, in partnership with HS2 Ltd, which encompassed 2-weeks pre-employment training with WiC and a 2-weeks work experience placement within a variety of disciplines within HS2, including architecture, archaeology, enabling works, project management and rail interface.
Upon completing this programme, WiC supported Amanjeet to complete her Level 1 Health and Safety in construction and gain her CSCS card. This training enabled Amenjeet to gain access to site for a tour of St Modwen St Anne’s, Digbeth development, which further increased her awareness of construction and the workings of a live site.
During the HS2 programme, Amanjeet was introduced to Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV), as part of HS2’s supply chain. They were impressed by her work ethic and capabilities and offered Amanjeet an additional 4-week work placement where she completed process mapping activities regarding the enabling works on their HS2 contract. This work placement led to a further paid, short fixed-term contract with Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV) as a Technical Administrator specialising in the IMS system. In gaining this employment opportunity, it provides Amanjeet with a chance to draw on her degree whilst gaining valuable engineering knowledge, practical work experience and exposure to the largest infrastructure in Europe. Once this contract ends, it is hoped that there will be further projects for her as their scope of works develops.
WiC continues to support Amanjeet in her next steps and career development.
“The WiC Virtual work experience programme was amazing; I learnt so much about myself and HS2!! Afterwards, I was offered a job with BBV and am very pleased with my progress. I finally get to make use of my Civil Engineering degree and do a job I like – which without WiC would not have been possible”.
For details on current Women into Construction programmes, visit our programmes page.