Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

A former Walsall College construction student has proven her quality after claiming the rising star honour at this year’s Women in Construction Awards.

Claire Brittain (right) being presented with her rising star award by Sue Pollard, principal geotechnical engineer at Atkins Construction

Claire Brittain (right) being presented with her rising star award by Sue Pollard, principal geotechnical engineer at Atkins Construction

Claire Brittain, assistant site manager at BAM Construction, was presented with her award at a glittering awards ceremony at the Palace Hotel in Manchester.

In between having her two children, Claire decided to build on her skills and enrolled onto a level three BTec in construction and the built environment course at Walsall College.

She then landed her dream job with BAM, who sponsored her to complete her level four higher national certificate, which she completed in 2014.

After receiving her award, 27-year-old Claire said: “It shows that you can be a woman, have children, and have a career in construction. It’s important that if women want to get into the construction industry, they follow their dream and let nothing stand in their way.”

Claire has now continued onto the BSc Honours in Construction Management qualification to achieve her full degree, which she is due to complete in 2017.