Paula started her career as an apprentice at Cleveland County Council, in the North East.
That role gave her the opportunity to explore a large selection of works and visit many departments, including construction, within the council. She then went on to get a 1st Class degree in Civil Engineering from Teesside University.
She joined Sir Robert McAlpine nearly six years ago and is currently working on the maintenance of the strategic road network as part of the A19 DBFO (design, build, finance and operate) scheme.
Paula is passionate about inspiring young people into engineering and construction careers.
Since I’ve enjoyed such a varied and interesting career in engineering, I like to shout about it and I like to allow young people to think about it as a career because it may well suit them.
She undertakes many activities to promote her profession, such as helping with the North East Apprentice Ambassador Network and regularly giving talks to schools.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, she has been involved in remote discussions with young students to explain career routes, share her own experience as an apprentice, and mentor them. These sessions explore the diverse options that exist within engineering and construction, and how different people can find their own roles within the sector.
Watch Paula talk about her wins for the National Apprenticeship Service.