PAUL Salkeld and Shaun Heelbeck are laying down the foundations of a bright future after scooping two regional awards.
A 22-year-old trainee project manager, Paul was named North East trainee of the year and trainee civil engineer of the year in annual awards run by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association – CECA (North East), while Shaun was declared most promising trainee quantity surveyor.
Paul, of Hawthorn, Seaham, is in his third year of training with Lumsden and Carroll Construction at Bowburn and is working on an £18million project at Sunderland Royal Hospital, where his firm is main contractor.
He is also studying part-time for a vocational degree at Northumbria University.
As overall awards winner, Paul will now be considered for Student of the Year Award presented by Constructing Excellence in the North East.
His award sponsor, Peter Prior, said: “Paul’s positive attitude is infectious. And his organisational skills and meticulous management are good influences.”
Shaun, 23, of Birtley, who works for Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering in Newcastle, is in the fourth and final year of part-time study for a vocational degree at Northumbria University.
Steve Patterson, a senior quantity surveyor who is also Shaun’s mentor, said that besides having shown good technical ability over five years, Shaun dealt well with clients’ representatives and sub-contractors.
Shaun told the judges: “The teamwork and trust among colleagues has been a major reason for me entering civil engineering.”