AECOM's Arleta Andreasik-Paton received an award at UK Construction Week for her work inspiring the next generation


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AECOM engineer awarded Role Model of the Year

AECOM engineer awarded Role Model of the Year

Arleta Andreasik-Paton, an engineering project manager at AECOM, has been awarded Role Model of the Year 2018 at the UK Construction Week (UKCW) for her efforts in inspiring the next generation.

Arleta was presented with her award by Steph McGovern, journalist at BBC Breakfast and Barbara Res, the female engineer behind Trump Tower.

Judged by Nottingham Academy for Girls, the students awarded Arleta for her determination to strive within the construction industry and were entertained by her own inspiration – wanting to build her own house after watching her dad and grandad build an extension.

Commenting on her award, Arleta said: “When Steph started talking and I realised I had won, I got quite emotional. It means so much that the students chose me and could identify with my story. I’m not from a construction background, but I moved into the industry with transferrable skills, studied while on the job and here I am now. It’s a privilege to be able to become a role model for other talented young people who can find wonderful careers in construction.”

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said: “Our role models initiative aims to encourage new talent into the industry, and this campaign gave us a fantastic opportunity to work with Nottingham Academy for Girls. We have loved hearing directly from the students about what inspires them.  There can of course only be one winner, but all those shortlisted can be proud of the hard work, dedication and ultimately, the change that they are bringing to the construction industry.”

All the shortlisted role models will now continue to take part in activities with schools and colleges to break down barriers and stereotypes associated with construction.

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