THE University of the West of England (UWE) encourages students to take advantage of work-based learning opportunities including placements, internships and volunteering in local, national and international businesses.
Samuel Williams, who is studying Civil and Environmental Engineering took a year long placement with construction firm Galliford Try during his degree.
Samuel said: “Having engineered various sections of the main South Devon Link Road project, I became site engineer for the £2.6m Decoy Link Road scheme, it was a steep learning curve and stressful at points. However the experience is invaluable and the sense of achievement is immense. With new found motivation I look forward to completing my degree and joining Galliford Try in their infrastructure division.”
Beatrice Ubani, who is reading Climate Change and Energy Management, worked for Bristol City Council during her sandwich year. She said, “It was a real honour to have the Big Data project I worked on for Bristol City Council, named as a ‘Project to Watch’ by the UN, especially as I was only two weeks into my placement when I began work on it. “My placement exceeded my expectations and the knowledge and new skills I’ve learnt have really helped me in my final year.”