Each month we are introducing the wonderful mentors that support the Big Ideas programme, in a feature we call ‘Meet the Mentor’. The programme and the students on it simply would not be the same if we didn’t have this mentor support from our business and community partners, and the mentors themselves get an awful lot out of it too. Find out more about the range of interesting and diverse mentors we work with on our Meet the Mentors page on the website!
Allow me to introduce one of our Tarmac mentors supporting in our West Midlands region – Eloise Tilbrook.
Name: Eloise Tilbrook
Position: Health, Safety and Environment Graduate
· Please describe your role:
As a graduate in the Health, Safety and Environment department, I support the function, manage various projects and manipulate data.
Within the HSE department we make sure sites, such as quarries, are completing all activities in safe way, for example, ensuring all workers on site are wearing all safety clothing and completing daily inspections of all machinery. Another aspect of the team is to ensure employees are physically and mentally healthy. Tests such as blood tests are carried out regularly to guarantee workers are fit and able, as well as having mental health first aiders there to support employees mental wellbeing when required. The environmental side of the department aims to reduce the impact of all sites on the environment by making certain that site managers are compliant to rules and legislation.
· Please describe your route to this role:
Last year I graduated with a Masters in Environmental Geography. The reason I chose this degree is because of my passion for sustainability and protecting the environment. As Tarmac is the UK’s leading sustainable building materials group I was very interested in the positions they had available. The Health, Safety and Environment graduate role incorporates everything I learnt at university as well as allowing me to continue my passion for the environment.
· What advice do you have for young people interested in either following a similar route to you or in working for your business/sector?
I would advise everyone to follow what they enjoy- that is more important than anything else.
In terms of the construction industry, there are lots of opportunities in many different sectors and also opportunities to move around sectors. The construction industry is so diverse and so interesting there is something for everyone!
· Why did you get involved in S4TP’s Big Ideas programme?
I love working with young children as they have so much energy and always keep you on your toes! I am also extremely passionate about the environment, therefore to be involved with S4TP’s Big Ideas programme was a very easy decision!
Through university I advanced my knowledge about environmental and sustainability issues, therefore I could help inform the pupils of the wider problems of the specific environmental issue they were researching and offer advice on how they can improve their solution. Furthermore, I had to do many presentations at university so I was able to offer advice on how the pupils could improve their presentation and gain confidence.
· What involvement have you had so far?
This year is my first year being involved in the Big Ideas programme. I was a mentor for both Hodge Hill College and Hodge Hill Girls’ School, helping out with their Big Ideas Days, development sessions and adding comments to business plans outside of school. I also attended both the regional final at Wolverhampton University and the final at Westminster Palace!
· What has been the best part about participating in the programme?
Seeing the pupils engage with sustainability issues and become passionate about the problem they are trying to solve. Some children were unfamiliar with the term ‘sustainability’ before the programme and it was amazing to see those same children becoming so enthusiastic about protecting the planet.
· What would you say to others considering participating in the programme?
An absolutely amazing and rewarding programme to be a part of!
We are proud and grateful to have you on board Eloise – thank you for all your help!
Answers written by: Eloise Tilbrook, Health, Safety and Environment Graduate, Tarmac
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solutions for the Planet Ltd.