28 February 2008
Third graduate engineer is chosen for prestigious President’s Apprentice role.
WYG, consultant to the built, natural and social environment, is proud to announce that one of its young rail engineering graduates has been hand selected by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in a national competition to find “The President’s Apprentice”.
Kate Gower, a rail engineer based at the WYG Leeds headquarters, beat off stiff competition from other young engineers in the Yorkshire region to become the Yorkshire and Humber Apprentice, making her the third WYG graduate employee to be selected for this prestigious role.
This year the newly appointed ICE President, David Orr, selected five graduates throughout the UK as opposed to one from each ICE region, to participate in the scheme which is designed to give young civil engineering graduates the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how the ICE works, whilst gaining direct experience of the Presidential role. Over the next twelve months the selected graduate will accompany the ICE President at events, meetings and award ceremonies.
Kate, who was secretary of the Yorkshire and Humber ICE committee for 2006/2007 and 2007/2008, joined WYG as an Assistant Engineer in 2005. Having worked on two ICE accredited projects, ambitious Kate is passionate about encouraging the use of sustainable materials and raising awareness of the sustainability of civil engineering both in the region and nationally. Working within a variety of different sectors at WYG, such as education and sustainability, Kate has had the opportunity to learn new skills whilst networking with civil engineers whose expertises are very diverse.
Andy Barnes, Regional Director Rail North said:
“Kate’s selection as one of the President’s Apprentices is recognition of her efforts and achievements both at a technical level and as an active member of the Local Institution. This appointment is a great accolade for Kate and a reflection of the challenging civil engineering projects undertaken by her in her time with the Rail Business Unit at WYG”