Hartlepool workers earn top status

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SEVEN workers from a Hartlepool firm have achieved an industry status awarded only to engineers.

The honour goes to Stuart Thornton, Robert Adcock, Chris Byrne, Stewart Hardy, Keith Love, Robert Midwood and Richard Small who all work for town company Seymour Civil Engineering.

Each of them has been awarded Technician Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), which only goes to people practising in civil engineering.

Penny Marshall, ICE North East regional director, said: “Civil engineering sits right at the heart of society. It is all about shaping, improving and protecting the infrastructure that we all depend on in our day-to-day lives – from bridges, roads and railways right through to energy networks and water and waste infrastructure.

Kevin Byrne, managing director of Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors, said the firm was a leading civil engineering contractor, specialising in the water industry.

He added: “In order for us to meet market demands, we need to fill the skills gap and not just talk about it.”

He said the firm had a culture of equal opportunities, mentored from within and provided people with “real opportunities for career progression”.

My Byrne added: “It is gratifying to see that two of the seven engineers joined Seymour 11 years ago as 16-year-old apprentices and have worked hard to be where they are today. We are proud of them all.”

The opportunity to join ICE is available to civil engineers, technicians and technical/scientific specialists at every stage of their professional career, from students and apprentices to senior board directors.