At Fordingbridge we are always happy to help inspire the next generation of engineers and designers and regularly do so by hosting work experience students.
During a week at Fordingbridge, every part of our design and build approach is explored by the student. The week starts learning how initial enquiries are handled, estimating project costs, to making a site visit and surveying a space followed by working with our in-house CAD team to draw up a canopy that perfectly fits the brief. A day is even spent in the factory, watching canopies being fabricated and working in the stores processing the parts lists that are then delivered to site to become another great example of a Fordingbridge canopy.
Our latest candidate was Robert Beaton of Seaford College who joined us for a week for an insight into the business. Robert is currently studying for his A Levels and plans to read Engineering at University.
What inspired you to study engineering?
“I have always enjoyed building things with my Dad like bookcases, chicken coops and lately a roof up in Scotland for a rundown barn. When I am building, we have to design the structure so that it will be easy to build, work well and not be too expensive. When I was younger I really wanted to be a builder because of the TV program Bob the Builder. I then thought about becoming an Architect, however finally decided on civil engineering when I found out that it would mean that I would not only get to build buildings but also bridges, dams and other large structures. I then started visiting universities and found that civil engineering was definitely the right course for me; it involves maths, physics design and practical application to make sure that the design works.”
It was great to see Robert building up his knowledge over the week, working alongside our team and meeting clients on site. We wish Robert every success in his studies!