Bianca is a degree apprentice working on the Thames Tideway project in London and specialising in tunnelling. Her team are building a 25km super sewer which will make the river cleaner and more environmentally-friendly.

My apprenticeship suited me a lot more than full-time A levels.

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Age 21
Based London
Employer Apprentice

What made you want to become a construction engineer?

I have always been interested by how things are built. I organised work experience with Crossrail when I was sixteen, and it blew my mind, seeing behind the scenes on a large construction project.

How did you approach an apprenticeship?

The jump from GCSEs was challenging. I achieved CCD at A Level, then enrolled on a Level 3 apprenticeship to do a BTEC. With that complete, I started a five-year degree apprenticeship in civil engineering.

What's a working day involve for you?

Day to day, I ensure that work carried out on-site meets the client’s specifications. I do regular progress, quality, health and safety, and environmental checks. Once a week, I go to university for lectures.

What's opportunities have been presented?

Work has given me so many opportunities. I deliver STEM sessions in schools and promotes women in construction at careers events. I was live on BBC Breakfast when my team lowered the first tunnel boring machine into the ground.

How much can you earn?

My starting salary was £19,500. I now earn £26,500. Eventually, I could be earning £50,000 - £70,000, depending on my employer, or whether I becomes chartered.