Hannah Mayatt has just spent a week in Ebbsfleet Garden City on work experience. She tells how valuable it was, in her own words
My name is Hannah Mayatt and I am 18 years old currently studying my A-levels at Cobham Hall School.
I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to spend a week working for Balfour Beatty at the Springhead Bridge site in Ebbsfleet.
Here I learnt the basics of the bridge building process. This gave me exposure to the different career opportunities within the construction industry, including quantity surveying and engineering.
Whilst working there, I wrote daily reports about the progress on site, these diaries were distributed to all staff. I also visited the Blue Lake, at Ebbsfleet, and made a progress report for findings we observed. I attended a meeting at the Eastgate centre in Springhead Park which discussed the progress of the site.
This was really interesting as they were discussing how the site had developed from the start to now. I helped the quantity surveyor with the site take off’s for the monthly application for payments.
By completing these tasks I learnt the importance of the commercial aspects of the construction projects. It was fascinating to see how the bridge developed from the day I arrived.
Over the week I saw the construction of the moulds for the wing walls, which changed daily and then on Friday the concrete pour took place.
Overall the work experience at Springhead Bridge was very interesting and it gave me an insight into the different career paths in construction.
Everyday I would do something different and would learn something new. The staff were all so helpful and provided me with a great insight into what day to day life is like on a construction site.