Casey Bougourd is building her “dream job” brick by brick with the support of Absolute Civil Engineering.
The 18-year-old from Chopwell has secured an apprenticeship with the company and is laying the foundations of her construction career as their first female bricklayer, building sewers and drainage systems on developments around The North East.
Casey’s journey began during an english lesson in year 11 at Thorp Academy in Ryton, where she observed building work to a recent school development and immediately decided she wanted to become a builder.
“After leaving school I tried out a bricklaying course at Derwentside College and took to it like a fish to water. The trowel just felt perfect in my hand and I knew I’d found my ideal job. This is the best thing I’ve ever done.” said Casey.
Casey was offered her bricklaying and groundworks apprenticeship along with two male colleagues by Absolute Civil Engineering’s Commercial Manager Kevin Fenley who is delighted with her progress. Kevin said; “Casey is our first apprentice, with a further two just being selected. It is clear within a short time that Casey has the aspiration, motivation, discipline and the right attitude to succeed as a bricklayer or groundworker at Absolute Civil Engineering.”
Lisa Waller, Business Development Manager from Derwentside College said; “We are delighted that Casey has secured an apprenticeship with Absolute Civil Engineering to study Construction and Engineering Services. Casey worked exceptionally hard while studying a General Construction Course at the college and demonstrated a real ‘flair’ for the industry. During a work experience opportunity with the company Casey was able to demonstrate the skills she has gained and now has a fantastic opportunity to continue her career in Construction.”