Civil Engineering Intern wins CIHT Intern of the Year Award

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The winners of the 2022 Young Professionals and Interns Award were announced during the CIHT-Certified Young Professionals Summit.

Alyssa Ahmed, who holds a Level 6 Civil Engineering Site Management Trainee Degree at Leeds College, at BAM Nuttall Ltd, has been named Apprentice of the Year. Alyssa completed her Level 5 apprenticeship in Civil Engineering in June before obtaining an EngTECH MICE apprenticeship qualification shortly after.

The CIHT Awards celebrate the achievements of apprentices and emerging professionals working in the highways, transportation and infrastructure sectors and the organizations that place them at the heart of their businesses.

Alyssa impressed the judges with her desire to encourage people to get involved in the sector, her enthusiasm and approach to civil engineering and the passion she showed for one of the core themes of equality, diversity and inclusion. Recently, Alyssa also received high praise at the 2022 Asian Achievers Awards.

Alisa said:I am honored to receive the Trainee of the Year Award. It’s great to be appreciated as an apprentice; An underappreciated career path. I hope as an intern, colorist, and woman I have inspired others. This award has really boosted my confidence as an engineer, and I know it will be something I can use in any workplace to showcase my skills.”

Vicky Patterson, Director of Curriculum at Leeds Building College – University Centre, said:

“We are very proud of Alyssa’s achievement. She deserves recognition for all her hard work and being a great role model to others. This is the second year in a row that Leeds College of Building – University Center Apprentice has won the CIHT Student of the Year award, which is very impressive and testament to the amazing work for the Department of Civil Engineering and Transportation in the college.”

Leeds Building College now has university status and offers a range of higher education and vocational/technical qualifications such as apprenticeships to the Civil Engineering Site Management Certificate. Other training includes Degrees, Higher Level Apprenticeships, Higher National Diplomas, HNCs and new T-level qualifications.

Andrea Fisher, Head of Professional Development (BAM UK), added:
“We are delighted that Alyssa has been named Trainee of the Year by CIHT. It is an amazing achievement and she is truly an inspiration to others considering becoming apprentices. I hope her success encourages more people to consider this path into an exciting career in construction.”

Molly Hoggard is named Young Professional of the Year. Molly is the transportation planner at Mott MacDonald and impressed the judges with the global reach of her “Get It” project. Molly has shown how she is a strong industry role model with a real passion for being involved in STEM activities while actively encouraging people in the sector.

After a day of networking, plenary sessions, and workshops, CIHT President Neil Johnston commented: “Today really highlighted the importance of engaging with professionals at all stages of their careers. We hope this will be the catalyst for our future leaders to help develop solutions to the challenges we face in the sector and across society at large.”

He went on to say: “CIHT is fully invested in our future professionals and I look forward to working with our young professional network as they help develop the Future Professionals Conference in April next year. We had a great group of people applying for this award and I know our jury faced a difficult task. Very helpful in reaching a decision. I would like to thank all those who entered, their supporters.”

CIHT has received dozens of applications for the 2022 Awards from some of the best and brightest in the sector and it was a challenge to shortlist just ten finalists from the outstanding applicants.

The main CIHT Young Professionals Conference will take place in early 2023.
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