Trainee Highway Engineer

I joined Somerset County Council’s Technical Trainee scheme in October 2014. To date I have undertaken three placements in different teams (Area Highways office, Traffic Management team and Transporting Programmes team). I’ve recently started my fourth placement in the Development Engineering team. Each placement has given me the opportunity to take on some really interesting and challenging tasks whilst improving my knowledge. I have completed my HNC Construction and Built Environment (Civil Engineering) course, which enabled me to put myRead More


Assistant Lighting Engineer

My name is Richard Bishop I was born and have lived in Somerset all my life. I am currently employed as an Assistant Lighting Engineer in the Highway Lighting department. Following the completion of my electrical apprenticeship with SWEB (the local Electricity Board) I joined their Street Lighting department as an electrician spending the next 21 years as part of various teams maintaining Somerset’s street lights. In 2012 I had the opportunity to join Somerset County Council Highway Lighting departmentRead More


Flood and Water Engineer

My name is Ann-marie Wood I have lived and worked in Somerset for the past 44 years, Somerset is a great place to live and work; we have the best of both worlds, rolling hills, amazing coastlines and beaches, large urban areas and small rural villages and hamlets. I am an Engineer (qualified with a First Class BSc Hons Degree in Civil Engineering), within the Flood and Water Management Team based at County Hall in Taunton. There is no suchRead More


Assistant Engineer/Senior Officer

My name is Tony Lee I have lived and worked in Somerset for 22 Years, I am currently employed as an Assistant Engineer/ Senior Officer within the Structures Department. Somerset is a stunning place to live with a varied culture and steeped in natural history. My role takes me to all corners of the County where I have the luxury of visiting the Quantocks (AONB) to the Mendips (Glastonbury Tor, Cheddar Caves)from Exmoor (Tarr Steps, Lorna Doone) to the seaRead More


Highway Inspections Manager

I have lived in Somerset all my life and enjoy the wide open spaces, the culture and history of this great County. From the wild moors of Exmoor to the mysterious Somerset Levels, there is always peace and quiet to be found for cycling or walking. There are also ample opportunities for me to partake of my two favourite activities – watching Somerset play cricket and have a pint or 2 of the local cider! I have been employed byRead More

Technical Trainee

Being a Trainee is superb. The ability to experience all aspects of the service from operations to maintenance is beyond helpful in work. All aspects are covered at some point throughout placements. I found during my first placement that all departments work together over a combination of schemes. Being a Trainee can sometimes seem quite daunting but the support that is given by everyone is second to none. Everyone is friendly, approachable and most importantly respectful that you are learningRead More

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Trainee Highways Engineer

I have been on the Trainee Scheme since October 2014 – some 19 months! I have been through 3 six-monthly placements in various Service Areas within Somerset County Council’s Highway Maintenance and Traffic & Transport Development Groups. I am now in my second month of my fourth placement – Street Works. Thus far each placement has exceeded my expectations, proving to be a valuable learning experience improving both my knowledge of the Group’s structure, the service areas and their individualRead More


Technical Trainee

Working for Somerset County Council as a Technical Trainee has been an exciting experience and a learning curve. Within my first two placements I have already worked through a range of activities and projects, associated with a number of customers inside and outside the council and as well as visiting major constructions in progress such as the Cannington Bypass and Monkton Heathfield Bypass. Many training opportunities have been provided and throughout the next 2 years there will be many moreRead More

Technical Trainee

The technical trainee programme consists of 6 month placements in different teams, four days a week are spent working in your current team and the fifth day is spent at college doing an HNC in civil engineering. Day release working is a demanding education route however it is made easier by the support that the Council offers trainees in all aspects of their studies. Visits to active sites to witness construction processes have been organised by members of staff toRead More


Technical Trainee

When I left school aged 16 I was interested in construction and had the ambition of becoming an Architect. However being 16 I had no idea of what being an Architect involved which I soon learnt studying a level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment. This did not dishearten me in the slightest; there are a wide range of professions within the construction industry. I completed my level 3 Diploma when I was 18 and was informed aboutRead More