Two Hartlepool College students who got a taste for ENGIE on work experience have both now been taken on by the leading energy and regeneration specialist.

Caitlin Towers and Callum Dougherty both got to experience what it was like working on site when they took on a work placement at the Parkfields housing development in Stockton – which ENGIE is building on behalf of Thirteen Housing Group – to complement their studies at Hartlepool College.

The pair joined Site Manager Les Burdon and Quantity Surveyor Dan Crowther to get a taste for what their roles entailed on a day-to-day basis.

Just months after impressing the team with their enthusiasm and work ethic, Caitlin and Callum applied for – and got – full-time roles as Trainee Design Coordinators in ENGIE’s technical team.

For Caitlin, who studied Construction in the Built Environment, the opportunity to get a taste for different aspects of construction was invaluable when thinking about her future career.

She explained: “The work experience was a great opportunity to get practical experience of the different jobs I could go into. It was also good to be able to talk to Les and Dan about what I liked doing and what I’d want to do as a career.

“I had already applied for the Trainee Design Coordinator role before I did the work experience, and talking to them about what I enjoyed doing – and what I wanted to do – was exactly what I would be doing in this role.”

It was the same for Callum, who has always had an interest in construction, as the opportunity to experience different parts of the construction process helped him decide what he wanted to do.

“I enjoy working on a wide range of projects,” Callum explained. “I knew that the opportunity to work with ENGIE would allow me to experience a lot of different situations and learn from a range of knowledgeable individuals.

“I am really enjoying my new job. It is an exciting role that allows me to get involved with lots of different aspects of a project, which is allowing me to learn a whole range of skills that I would not have the opportunity to develop in another job.”

As well as working with the Technical team at ENGIE, the pair will also be studying for an HNC in Building Studies at Teesside University on a part-time basis to complement their roles.

Andrew McIntosh, Regional Managing Director at ENGIE, said: “I’m delighted to see Caitlin and Callum join the ENGIE team as Trainee Design Coordinators. The whole purpose of being able to offer so many work experience opportunities to students and young people is to give them a better idea of the construction industry and give them the practical experience to help them when they start looking for jobs.

“To see them make the most of their placements and decide they wanted to work with us is very rewarding and I wish them the best of luck in their careers.”

Steve Lord, Industry Placement Officer at Hartlepool College, said: “Hartlepool College always embeds industry placement & work experience opportunities into curriculum areas, working with hundreds of employers – large and small – throughout the region to provide a springboard for future staff and apprentices.

“The college is proud of our strong employer links with ENGIE and are grateful for work experience opportunities they continue to provide to a number of our students.  We look forward to new developments ahead.

“Hartlepool College is fortunate to work with so many talented, motivated students and we take great pride in helping them fast-track their careers.  Caitlin and Callum have both highlighted their talent, personality and motivation during some fantastic work experience at ENGIE.  Now as paid staff, I’m sure they will develop into highly-skilled professionals!”