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Tom builds a great future for himself

                        Warrington Collegiate student, 17 year old Tom Heron, from Huyton,  studying  Construction and the Built Environment  is celebrating after being selected for the prestigious cadet programme with Laing O’Rourke.

Tom says, “I’m absolutely ecstatic, this is an amazing opportunity with such a fantastic company. There were over four hundred applicants for the cadet programme but only a few of us were awarded a place. It was a rigorous selection process but I really enjoyed the challenge.”

Since applying four months ago Tom underwent several stages from submitting his CV for the managers review to a telephone interview, online assessment and the final assessment involving a nerve-wracking presentation at the regional Headquarters in Manchester.

Tom comments, “I was nervous and excited at every stage. I got some wonderful feedback after the telephone interview that really boosted my confidence. My CV stood out from the others both by the content and the way it was constructed.”

As part of the Cadet programme Tom will be sponsored through a degree at Liverpool John  Moores University, studying  part-time, whilst being employed as an Estimator with Laing O’Rourke.

Rob Holmes , Lecturer in  Construction and the Built Environment  at Warrington Collegiate is proud and delighted for Tom, saying, “Tom is an excellent example of our BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction providing the technical route to university. He will join a growing number of talented alumni who have been successful in progressing to university to study for a degree as the starting point of a successful career.

Rachel Tonks, Cadet Programme and Education Networks Manager at Laing O’Rourke, says, “Once again we are pleased to have a Warrington Collegiate student joining us in September on our cadet programme.  Tom will be working in our office in Manchester within the Estimating team, working on a number of exciting construction and infrastructure project bids, whilst also studying towards a day-release degree in Commercial Management.

Tom did very well throughout our assessment process, proof that the Extended Diploma is good preparation for students  entering into professional roles within the construction industry.”

Rachel adds, “At Laing O’Rourke we are continuing to see a rise of applicants to the cadet programme who are studying the Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Construction and the Buil.... Those candidates who are achieving high results on the diploma are clearly highlighting both their academic capabilities and understanding of and passion for the construction industry, two qualities that we look for during the selection and assessment process.”

Laing O’Rourke is a very well-known multidisciplinary design, manufacturing, engineering and construction business. Laing O’Rourke is well-known for its excellent work on some of the largest construction projects North West including the Manchester Town Hall extension, the expansion of the Manchester Metrolink and Alder Hey Children’s Health Park.

Tom adds, “I’m so pleased to be joining Laing O’Rourke. They have a huge variety of projects, both in this country and abroad. My family is really pleased for me and my tutors at college have supported and encouraged me throughout the selection process. The cadet programme is a fantastic way to start the next stage of my career.”

Students can find out more about wide variety of Vocational Courses, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and Professional Qualifications, including Construction and the Built Environment on offer at Warrington Collegiate by visiting the Open Evening and skills show on Monday 20th October, 5-8pm.

Students can find out more about the extensive range of Vocational Courses and Apprenticeships by visiting the website www.warrington.ac.uk

Photo Tom Heron

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