Technical Manager – Berkeley Homes (North East London) Ltd
I studied Civil Engineering at London South Bank University and attended Constructionarium during my second year. I took on the role of Project Manager on the Pavilion project, it was a challenge to manage the team at such an early stage but it was a fun week and helped to bring to life some of the learning from university
In my final year I was able to attend Constructionarium for a second time on their temporary site based in London during the Olympic construction works. We worked on the Barcelona Tower project and my team were responsible for logistics and setting out. The skills I learnt this time were much more practical and combined with my experience from the previous year as PM and more maturity we were able to be far more successful.
Constructionarium helped me to properly understand the theory I had learnt – especially the importance of Health and Safety and the project management skills I developed have definitely helped me in my current role. It was good to see how differing Contractors work and taking on different roles gave me a broader experience and insight into what my colleagues across the wider construction industry do
I would thoroughly recommend that ALL civil engineering students attend and I think universities should include this as an essential part of their curriculum each year as the ability to try out different projects enables students to take on different roles and really adds value to the university experience.