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A subject in Construction and Surveying can open up a wide range of career opportunities from working as a carpenter to becoming a structural engineer.

Justin came to Eastleigh College after taking a year out of education to work part-time. He had previously studied A levels in Criminology, Psychology and Sociology at another college, but wasn’t sure where he wanted to go with his career.

Justin had always enjoyed maths at school and liked to draw in his spare time, but it wasn’t until a friend approached him about a job opening at an engineering company that he considered combining these interests in a career.

Justin secured an apprenticeship as a CAD Technician at Patterson Reeves Partners, where he then came to Eastleigh College once a week to study a Diploma in Construction & Built Environment. He learned the technical skills required for his role at College, and was then able to apply this in the workplace. While at Eastleigh College, Justin also completed a NVQ Level 3 Portfolio in Design. 



Justin’s favourite part of his course was the technical mathematics – he often got ahead on assignments by submitting them well before the due date, which really benefitted him as he was awarded Distinctions all through his course. 

He made sure to get the most out of his experience at Eastleigh College by asking tutors to help him on extra maths skills beyond what was required, and also got involved in other projects such as World Skills, where he designed some plans to be used in the national competition. Justin also volunteered to teach other students how to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software in his spare time. 

Now that Justin has completed his course at Eastleigh College, he is going to study Civil Engineering at Bristol University, which is one of the top Universities in the country for Engineering. He has big plans for the future, and would like to work on large, unique projects where he can have a profound influence.

I never thought I could go this far, I’m so proud to have achieved the grades and to be going on to study at University. If you want something enough, work hard and you will get there.


Justin felt he had low self-esteem before securing his job at Patterson Reeves and studying at Eastleigh College, but with some hard work and dedication he has managed to succeed in carving a route into his chosen industry. 

He said “I’d really like to thank my tutors, the College careers advisor Trudy McKenzie and my girlfriend, as they spent many hours helping me research Universities and develop my personal statement. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to get so far!”

It’s never too late to learn or take up a new career, whether that be through an apprenticeship scheme or workplace learning.

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