Charlotte Neilson and Katrina Shannon

Charlotte and Katrina
Charlotte and Katrina

Charlotte and Katrina were employed during their sandwich year by Balfour Beatty Construction, Charlotte as an Assistant Site Manager on the construction of a new college and Katrina as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor, working in the regional office on a variety of projects.

The placements were so successful that Balfour Beatty sponsored them through their final year at university and on graduation they joined the company as full-time employees. As graduates, Charlotte and Katrina are now working on the construction of the Birmingham New Hospital Joint Venture Scheme, a £550 million project. Charlotte’s title is Site Manager with responsibility for the infrastructure and external works on a sector of the site.

This includes: roads, car parks, a generator house, landscaping and the associated services. As an Assistant Engineer/Site Manager, Katrina is working on the ‘Acutes Building’ (a unit designed to handle serious injury patients), and has responsibilities for slip forming, quality control and aspects of general site management.

“We were impressed by the relevance of modules. Our choice of Aston University, because of its emphasis on sandwich placements, was fully justified and we would recommend all students to seize the opportunities offered by placement years.”


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