Winvic Blog

Insights and opinions from our people…

Insights and opinions from our people…

Adding Value to Communities… For Years to Come

Reflections from Project Manager Richard Holmes on working in partnership to add value to local community at Mountpark Southampton.

Jackie Hall – My Women in Construction and Engineering Awards Journey

Compliance Manager Jackie Hall shares her thoughts on the awards process, women in construction and her role in our HSEQ team here at Winvic.

Project Managing a Three Year Retail Project – Richard’s Experience of Rushden Lakes

Rushden Lakes retail and leisure destination has certainly been one of our most exciting projects, but it was also filled with many challenges so we invited Project Manager for all three phases, Richard Black, to share his experiences.

Three Firsts in Delivering Luxury Apartments in Leicester – A PM’S View

Vaughan Way is the first project Winvic has completed in the privately rented sector (PRS). It is also Leicester’s first purpose build accommodation of this type and its Stephen Gascoyne’s inaugural scheme as a Winvic project manager – Stephen talks about his Winvic experience so far and his project highlights.

More than a Design Tool – BIM as an End-to-End Client Benefit

BIM Lead Manager Arun Thaneja who has been steering our use of the cutting-edge technology explains what many people have misunderstood about BIM – it’s not a tool only utilised by the design team.

An Agile Construction Career – From Graduate Engineer to Technical Manager

Technical Design Manager, Mark Sanderson reflects on how he started his career as an site engineer before making the decision to which roles to climb the design ladder.


A Year In Industry…

It’s that time of year when hundreds of university students are back into the swing of lectures, but for five people studying construction related degrees, they switched seminars for sites. Winvic’s most recent cohort of Year in Industry students started with us in July, straight out of their second year studies. As the name of our placement programme suggests, the students spend one year in the roles they have set their sights on; they will then return to university to complete their undergraduate degrees.

Josh Carter – Trainee Quantity Surveyor

Hollie Parkes – Trainee Site Engineer

Joe Kirk – Trainee Quantity Surveyor

Conah Langham – Trainee Engineer

George Clowes – Trainee Site Engineer

2018/2019 COHORT

We first caught up with our five year in industry students last Autumn as they embarked on their year in industry placements at Winvic.

As they approach the end of their placement year, we caught up with them again to find out about their experiences over the last 10 months. Watch their video blogs to find out about the responsibilities they’ve been given and their thoughts about their future careers in construction.

Peter Shipman – Trainee Quantity Surveyor

George Johnson – Trainee Quantity Surveyor

Matt Tillen – Trainee Site Engineer

Nirav Lad – Trainee Site Engineer

For the last four months, the Winvic team has been helping five new recruits to become accustomed to a life working in construction, and to practically apply what they have learned in the university classroom over the last two years.

We caught up with some of them, to find out why they chose the construction industry, what they think of the Winvic experience so far and how they see their future careers.

Peter’s Journey – A Year In Industry as a Quantity Surveying Student

Hear from Peter, an aspiring Quantity Surveyor who is studying for a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management at Nottingham Trent University.

George’s Story – Trainee QS Takes Year Out for Winvic Work Placement

George Johnson speaks about his year in industry placement to date, working as a trainee QS on the landmark Segro Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway.

Matt’s Story – A Construction Manager of the Future

Now it’s the turn of Matt Tillen to speak about his year out of a BSc (Hons) Degree in Construction Management at Nottingham Trent University.

Nirav’s Journey So Far – Four Months as a Trainee Site Engineer

Nirav shares his story about what it’s like to undertake a year in industry placement at Winvic, as a year out of his  BSc in Construction Management.

Glenn’s Journey – An Engineer of the Future

Glenn shares his experience with us, so that those who are currently planning their 2019 year in industry placement can understand what it’s like to work for Winvic.

Site Engineer’s Success at NTU Civil Engineering Awards

Mark, a former placement student, who is now working with us as a Site Engineer, was recently awarded a prize for ‘Outstanding Final Year BSc Student’.

Growing talent…

We’re celebrating National Apprenticeship Week along with thousands of others – we’re proud to support new and current staff who want to gain additional skills and to help them further their careers.

As part of a series of blogs looking at the range of roles and education opportunities we offer, we’re sharing the stories of our learning-hungry employees with you.

Laura Higgs – from Childcare to Building Care

While many people will think ‘college leaver’ when the word apprentice is mentioned, we support our staff at any point in their career, and thirty-one year old Laura is an example of someone who changed her career and was hungry to acquire knowledge.

Tom Parr – Apprenticeship Number Two for an M&E Design Manager of the Future

Tom is one of our Mechanical and Electrical Coordinators, has been in the role for approximately a year and began his Higher National Diploma (HND) in Building Services apprenticeship in September.

David Buckley – An Apprentice QS Committed to a Successful Future

David joined our team eight months ago, when he was already working towards an undergraduate degree in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management at Nottingham Trent University. Keen to support him in his development, we enabled him to continue his learning but through an apprenticeship role.

Jared Atkins – Trainee Engineer Striving to Build a Successful Career

Trainee Engineer Jared tells us a bit about himself and his role. Jared joined us in August 2018 and he is undertaking a three year course at Leicester College to complete NVQs levels 4 and 5 in Civil Engineering and the Built Environment.