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islandroadsgraduatescollegeFour graduates working at Island Roads have returned to the classroom this week to inspire the latest intake of pupils at Medina College to consider future careers in Science, Civil Engineering and Technology.

Around 120 Year 7 students took part in a full day of science based activities on Tuesday to learn about drainage, road and bridge building from the four graduates.

islandroadsgraduatescollege2The students, who joined the school this September, also had the chance to work together in teams on various engineering and science related challenges and had the chance to win prizes for their teamwork. The students created flyers promoting careers in civil engineering to demonstrate what they learnt during the day.

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Head of Science, Jackie Clegg who organised the day said:

“This is a welcome opportunity for the students to experience and understand more about careers in engineering, science and technology and to hear first hand from young people who are working at Island Roads about the opportunities available to them.

“It’s also a wonderful way for students who are new to the school, and have joined us from many different primaries across the Island, to work together and form new friendships.”

islandroadsgraduatescollege3Island Roads’ Graduate Engineer Joanne Huett said:

“I really enjoyed sharing my experiences with the students and giving them some insight into the diverse range of jobs on offer within the industry. I think it is so important to work with students as early as possible to help guide their education and career choices and I hope that the day encouraged this as a potential career option, especially amongst female pupils”.

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Island Roads provides a number of opportunities to students wishing to enter this field including a bursary of £1,000 per year to two students from the Island to study business, engineering or environment related degrees at university. The company also offers apprenticeships each year and apprentices are supported to obtain nationally recognised NVQ Level 2 qualifications in Highways Maintenance (Construction) and Highways Maintenance (Excavation Operations).

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Photographed L-R: Students Joe Ford, Harry Furness and Ben Scott-Jackson with Joanne Huett, graduate engineer (featured). Graduate engineer Will Orr building bricks with student Jasmin Wilson (2nd). Student Nick Fotheringham also pictured (3rd).

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