Award Winning Placement for Plymouth University Student

Plymouth University student Michael Wilcox has received a prestigious award from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) for his outstanding performance during a placement year as part of his MEng Civil Engineering course.

Michael, who lives in Plymouth, received the accolade for his achievements while working with Dyer & Butler in Exeter – and with the current shortage of skills in the civil engineering industry, he has a bright future ahead of him.

The CECA South West Training Awards are presented annually to trainee civil engineers, apprentices and lifetime achievers in recognition of exceptional performance and dedication.

Michael won his award in recognition of his achievements on a range of projects during his placement year, including work on the A39 Rondswell Cycle Bridge in north Devon, construction of the Tithebarn Lane Cycle Bridge across the M5 and the Brixham Road Widening Phase 3 project. 

Michael said: “I learnt so much from my year’s placement, particularly in surveying management, quantity surveying and procurement – all skills that I will be able to use throughout my career.”

Paul Santer, CECA South West Regional Director, said that the success of Michael and the other winners highlighted the opportunities opening up for young people in civil engineering.

He commented: “Skills shortages are one of the biggest challenges facing our industry, so we are working hard to encourage young people, particularly women, from diverse backgrounds to consider careers in civil engineering.

“Our award winners have made fantastic starts to their working lives and I hope will inspire others of their generation to find out more about the wide range of professional and vocational careers on offer. Many of our previous winners are today working on some of the most important infrastructure projects in the UK, which is a reflection of both their skills and commitment and the extensive employer support provided for training and development.”

In recognition of his success, Michael received a trophy and cheque for £500 at the ceremony held at The Grand Hotel, Torquay.