Young Adult Learner

Casey Bougourd

2018 National Winner

Soon after embarking on a Construction course, Casey was offered an apprenticeship with a local company and became their first female bricklayer.

Casey had started studying Childcare at Sixth Form, something she had always wanted to do, but quickly realised it wasn’t for her. An open event at Derwentside College sparked Casey’s interest in Construction and in November 2016 she enrolled on their Level 2 General Construction Operations course, where she was the only female learner.

Describing her first experience of holding a trowel as ‘perfect’, Casey’s discipline and motivation to succeed impressed everyone around her. In February 2017 she was selected for a work placement with Absolute Civil Engineering and became the first full-time learner of the year to be offered an apprenticeship. She is now building sewers and drainage systems around the North East and aims to progress onto an Advanced level apprenticeship. Casey is also a Construction Course Ambassador, attending a variety of events and promoting women in construction.

Casey said, “I’ve achieved my goal of gaining an apprenticeship, as well as making a little history and creating a path for other women to follow. I love my job and the opportunities it brings.”

Casey’s nominator, tutor Ken Johnson, said, “Casey stands out as an exceptional young woman, who has laid the foundations for a superstar career.”