Ioannis Kalyviotis - A ‘Year in Industry’ placement with R&W named ‘Student of the Year’ by the University of Southampton.
For the past 12 months Ioannis (John) Kalyviotis participated in the ‘Year in Industry’ placement programme with R&W Civil Engineering and in late June, along with almost 100 peers and esteemed current and future engineers, was named ‘Student of the Year’ by the University of Southampton at a project presentation and awards ceremony hosted by Arup.
During his ‘Year in Industry’ placement as a student engineer, John took on the challenging role of a Traffic Management Project Manager, as part of the R&W Civil Engineering team coordinating a 10 month project worth £4.5million.
From the outset this involved project planning and attending client meetings, right through to successfully deploying daily traffic management services that maintained a high safety standard while minimising commuter inconvenience. In addition to contending with extreme weather conditions he also supervised and motivated the work gangs under his jurisdiction plus took on the role of STEM Ambassador for R&W to help promote science and engineering at various recruitment events.
“The experience I gained while working with R&W was immense and will stand me in good stead once I graduate and enter the working world full time,” explained John, “Having been recognised by my work colleagues for my achievements over the last year was highly rewarding, but then to be acknowledged from an academic perspective by being named ‘Student of the Year’ by the University of Southampton was indeed the icing on the cake.”
“John proved to be an exceptional ‘Year in Industry’ student throughout his time with us and justly deserves the additional recognition he received from the University of Southampton as their Student of the Year,” added Andy Hamilton, John’s mentor and R&W Director. “He ticks all the boxes: enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic and effervescent with a 'can-do' mentality and was willing to go the ‘extra mile’ which is very much part of the company ethos. He is a ‘role model’ for other junior members of the R&W family and an inspiration to others thinking of joining R&W and the industry as a whole.”
The Year in Industry (YINI) scheme provides paid placement opportunities for pre-university and undergraduates within UK Engineering and Technology companies and is designed to nurture the UK’s future talent in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and provide them with work ready skills.
Keynote speaker at the awards ceremony was Jon Tickle, TV presenter of Brainiac and Science Abuse and an Information Architect at Centrica, who told the audience that we all have a responsibility to inspire the next generation to take up STEM careers stating it was important for ‘the students future selves, humanity and the environment.’
Undertaking major civil engineering, groundwork’s, structural and drainage projects across Southern England; R&W Civil Engineering can regularly be seen on motorways across the region delivering projects. The company invests heavily in training, has a strong environmental ethos plus believes in supporting local community projects, particularly when it can put its expertise and access to equipment to good use.