Lorcan Hickey from Kilcullen Co. Kildare was recently awarded top prize at the Clancy Construction Industry Award at WIT which is awarded to final year students on the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management & Engineering programme.
Leading building contractor Clancy Construction were in WIT recently to present the sixth annual Clancy Industry Award to Lorcan as well as runners up Brook Cameron from Greystones Co. Wicklow and Raymond Farrell from Carrick-On-Suir Co. Tipperary
The awards acknowledge excellent performance during the seven-month Industrial Placement, which forms an integral part of the student’s education and prepares them for their careers in the construction sector.
Kildare native Lorcan worked with Laing O’Rourke on the construction of a new Crossrail underground station in the heart of central London. This high profile project was extremely challenging from both technical and managerial perspectives, with Lorcan highlighting “the importance of good planning and communications to ensure a successful outcome”.
Runners-up Brook Cameron worked on the Comeragh College PPP with BAM Contractors and Raymond Farrell worked on the Profile Park Data Centre with John Paul Construction. With three very different projects, the students all reflected upon the importance of gaining such invaluable experience, particularly in giving them the confidence to work successfully the construction industry.
Directors John O’Shaughnessy and Declan Fitzpatrick, who were in attendance to present the awards and see the students deliver presentations about their placement experience, commended the quality of the student’s work experience and high standard of presentation.
In addressing the attendees, John highlighted the continuing growth in the Irish construction sector and the opportunities it presented for graduates of the programme, saying that “I can see the real value of completing the degree at WIT and I would like to wish all final year students the very best in your future careers.
In his concluding remarks, course leader Brian Graham thanked Clancy for their continued support of the awards and programme in general. “We are delighted to have such a progressive company recognising the success of our students. Our close links with such companies are integral to the success of the programme.”
Entering its 30th year as the leading Construction Management degree in Ireland, the programme continues to excel at providing students with excellent Industrial Placement opportunities, which in many cases lead to long terms employment upon graduation.
(From left to right): Brian Graham, WIT; with award winners Lorcan Hickey, Raymond Farrell and Brook Cameron; John O’Shaughnessy and Declan Fitzpatrick, Clancy Construction; and Derek Sinnott, WIT. Photo courtesy of Ann Power