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IWD 2017 – Sarah, Fife College

International Women’s Day 2017

7 Mar 2017

Sarah Stevenson, HNC Civil Engineering, Fife College.

Construction courses at Fife College have led Sarah to a dream job working on the new Queensferry Crossing bridge and a place at university.

After successfully completing a nine-week placement with Amey at the Forth Road Bridge, Sarah was offered the position of Trainee Project Manager – a position just months ago she thought was out of her reach due to lack of funds to pay for childcare for her four-year-old daughter Amelia.

Sarah started at Fife College in 2013 on the NC General Construction Operations before progressing to study NC and then HNC in Civil Engineering.

“It was fantastic to be offered the placement with Amey, however I felt that everything was against me at the time as I had no funds to pay for full-time childcare, which cost £1,600. The careers and guidance staff at the college were great and told me about the Adam Smith Foundation, which awards scholarships and occasional one-off funding awards for students. I applied and was delighted to receive the funding which enabled me to attend the placement, at the end of which I was offered a four-year Advanced Apprenticeship with Amey.”

“Working for Amey is fantastic - not only am I now employed with great prospects ahead and enjoying what I do, I am also able to continue my studies part-time studying for a degree in Civil Engineering at Napier University.

“I wouldn’t be where I am now this early in my career without the award from the Adam Smith Foundation. I would like to thank the college and the foundation for believing in me and I would advise others not to give up or let circumstances prevent them from achieving their dreams.”

Sarah’s passion for engineering has resulted in her being given her very own project scheme for Amey. She is also looking forward to working on the new Queensferry Crossing Bridge when it opens later this year. Longer term Sarah hopes to become a Project Manager with Amey, complete her degree and work towards chartered engineer status.