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Students on the road to highways careers

18 Jan 2024
Highway maintenance is one of the careers which students can find out more about at Middlesbrough College’s highways industry careers day.

Students will be able to find out how to get on the right road to careers in the highways industry at a special event at Middlesbrough College next month.

The Highways Industry Careers Day on February 2 will see representatives from 11 companies involved in the sector show the type of work they do as well as discussing career opportunities and routes into their industry.

Students from Years 9 to 13 from schools and colleges across Teesside are being invited to the event to discover the range of careers available in the highways industry and find out more about the sector.

Ben Robinson, Deputy Principal and Chief Executive from Middlesbrough College, said: “The highways industry is an exciting and diverse industry with an array of opportunities for young people to explore with careers ranging from engineering to road construction, IT to finance, project management and many others.

“Students attending the event will be able to see a range of displays and join in with activities including getting up close with plant machinery, line marking and designing their own road signs.

“We’re also keen to flag up the opportunities available for young women in what has been a predominantly male-dominated industry in the past.”

Companies taking part in the event on February 2 include CHC Highways, Concrete Repairs Ltd, HW Martin Traffic Management, Jacobs (engineering), Kier, Mason Street Furniture, Mway Comms, Premier Road Markings, Sir Robert McAlpine, Tarmac Paving, Tarmac TM, Tilbury Douglas and National Highways.

As well as talking to representatives from the companies involved, students attending the event will also be able to talk to Middlesbrough College staff on courses and routes into the industry including apprenticeships and graduate courses.

Ben Robinson from Middlesbrough College said: “This is a great opportunity for students to find out more about one of the UK’s major transport industries in what will be a fun and interesting format.

“Because of the wide variety of careers on offer, students don’t need to be studying directly related courses to get the most out of the event.

“We hope the exhibition will prove to be the start of a fantastic career journey for those attending.”

Ellen Harrison, Customer Manager, National Highways, said: “It takes all kinds of people in all kinds of jobs to keep our roads moving and build better for the future, so we’re delighted to be able to share some of the many opportunities the Highways Industry has to offer with students from across Teesside.

“From engineering to project management, customer service to construction, business administration to data analysts, there’s so many career paths we’d love to talk to students about.”

Schools who wish to book on to this event can do so by contacting the Middlesbrough College Schools Team at

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