29th July 2019

Trainee/Apprentice of the Year

Gemma McNamara is a graduate site engineer on HS2 enabling works at the Old Oak Common Costain-Skanska Joint Venture (CSJV). Having graduated in Civil and Environmental Engineering she has demonstrated willingness and ability to adapt and learn by moving from construction into the demolition sector.

Judges were impressed by the serious responsibilities she has taken on including becoming a confined space manager and completing asbestos awareness training in order to communicate and work effectively with members of the team who deal with the dangerous material. She has a unique role on site as the only demolitions site engineer, overseeing stage two demolition.

The fact that Gemma has been responsible for issuing entrance permits and booking inductions on a live railway demonstrates a level of trust in her from her employer. She has shown initiative in developing systems for tracking demolition works and measuring progress, at the same time demonstrating team work by ensuring these are easily understandable by other members of the team, as seen in her submission.

Gemma’s submission was a comprehensive one, answering the brief and more. Judges were impressed with her attitude to her work, the team and the professional development process.

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