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Student winner on site at VolkerFitzpatrick

5 October 2020

Dominic Harris on VolkerFitzpatrick’s UCL Pearl site in Essex 

Earlier this year, Dominic Harris, who is studying at Brighton University, won the Outstanding Student prize at the CIOB Novus Bright Futures Challenge. 

In addition to receiving a winner’s cheque at this fun and challenging competition for up-and-coming construction students, Harris also won a week’s work experience on a live site with VolkerFitzpatrick, the sponsor of the Bright Futures Challenge final. 

Although the current pandemic took over events, VolkerFitzpatrick felt it important to ensure that Harris  underwent the work experience for his career development, and the company was pleased to be able to offer him the opportunity at the UCL Pearl project, Essex, in early August.

Harris said: “The week’s work experience was a great learning opportunity on a live, operational project; it has been invaluable. The team was also extremely helpful – accommodating, knowledgeable and friendly.”

VolkerFitzpatrick project manager Tim Cloves, who has been mentor to many newly qualified and trainee construction managers, said: “It’s testament to VolkerFitzpatrick and our project teams that, even during the restrictions surrounding covid-19, we were able to safely put in measures to allow us to offer this opportunity to bright future talent, in order for them to gain the vital experience of working on a live site.

“Our UCL Pearl project offers a really great opportunity, particularly due to the uniqueness of the project – allowing visitors to see a project at various stages, all at one time.

“I hope that the knowledge and experience that Dominic gained during his time with us will remain with him for what, I have no doubt, will be a successful career.”

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