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News | 11 January 2021

Bennetts’ employee celebrates HNC in civil engineering, and is on track to become the company’s first fully qualified female engineer

Bennetts’ employee, Laura Jones, is celebrating a distinction in her Civil Engineering HNC, and she has already enrolled in a degree course in the same subject at the University of the West of England.

Laura, Commercial Manager at Bennetts Cranes, recently completed her two-year, part-time course covering all areas of civil engineering within the built environment, including units in structural analysis, mathematics, science and materials and construction technologies. Her hard work and dedication to the course, undertaken on day release while working full time, saw her gain a distinction in every module, something her course lecturer, Ian Ford, said “represents an outstanding effort from a truly excellent student.”

The City of Bristol College also presented her with the Nick Beckett Memorial Prize for ‘outstanding achievement during higher level studies’.

Laura, 31, a mother-of-two, undertakes operational planning and CAD design drawings for customers’ crane projects. When she has completed her degree course, she will be Bennetts’ first fully qualified female engineer.

Laura said: “It has been a real challenge balancing study, assignments, working full-time and a young family as well as upholding voluntary and personal commitments. However, the grades and recognition I received from the college made the dedication and hard work worthwhile.”

Edward Seager, Managing Director of Bennetts Cranes, said: “We are all proud and pleased for Laura in gaining such outstanding results in her HNC, especially since she has a very busy and challenging day job here, and family and other volunteering commitments. We are delighted she wants to become fully qualified as this will add a further level of expertise to our team here at Bennetts.”

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