Case study: Nawaal

Two years after attending a Budding Brunels course, Nawaal is now completing a Civil Engineering apprenticeship with Tideway East and she shares with us her first steps into construction


Budding Brunels

We first met Nawaal back in 2015 when she attended a Budding Brunels course, delivered in partnership with Vinci and Taylor Woodrow.

Nawaal already had an interest in engineering, so when she got the chance, she decided to attend our course to further her knowledge of the industry and the jobs within it. The course helped Nawaal understand what career she wanted to follow and she knew that the construction industry was the right one for her.

Work experience

After attending the course, she was offered a work experience opportunity at Taylor Woodrow, where she had the experience of meeting many interesting people with different job roles in the construction industry. Following the experience, Nawaal promised herself that she would do what was necessary to get her dream job as a Civil Engineer.

Struggling to find an apprenticeship

Nawaal sent several apprenticeship applications but unfortunately, without any outcome. However, she kept in contact with the Trust to be informed of any upcoming opportunities, as she didn’t want to give up her dream to get into construction.

Apprenticeship with Tideway

It was just when she started losing her hopes when a great opportunity arose. Staff at Construction Youth Trust called to inform her about an apprenticeship opportunity with Tideway East.

“It was unreal. The Trust informed me about the interview but I was afraid I wouldn’t have any chance in being successful. Naturally, I was quite nervous but I managed to find my confidence. Thankfully the interview went very well and I was offered a 3-year apprenticeship.”

Nawaal is now a Civil Engineering apprentice with Tideway East, attending London Design and Engineering University Technical College one day a week to help solidify the knowledge she’s gaining on site.

“Construction Youth Trust not only gave me my first exposure to construction, but also continued to support and guide me into the industry.”

We were excited to meet Nawaal at our recent Careers Open Day in Bermondsey representing Tideway East, where she shared her experience inspiring young people seeking career opportunities in the construction industry.