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Young Via engineers take top honours in Institution of Civil Engineers East Midlands Merit Awards

Two of Via East Midlands’ Project Engineers have been recognised for their achievements at the 2021 Institution of Civil Engineers East Midlands Merit Awards, taking a clean sweep in the ICE Civil Engineering Achiever of the Year category.

Danielle Deakin won the award overall, which recognises outstanding achievements of a person who is studying civil engineering or employed in the industry in the East Midlands, whilst Priyesh Mistry earned a ‘Highly Commended’ from the judging panel.

Both engineers have developed their careers through Via’s early careers offering, with Priyesh joining Via’s Design Consultancy on a year-long placement before returning to a full-time role on completion of his degree.

Danielle spent time working in Via’s Coordination team before moving to the Design Consultancy when a Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship role became available and provided an opportunity to take her career in a new direction.

Via’s Head of HR, Sally Smith said: “We’re extremely proud of what Danielle and Priyesh have achieved, and their awards are fitting recognition for their efforts and the progress they’ve both made.

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“Having just launched our new early careers development programmes, I’m delighted that these awards show what’s possible when you chose to build your career with Via and how we can help our employees reach their full potential.”

Speaking about winning the award, Danielle Deakin said: “Receiving the achiever of the year award was a real honour, which has been made possible with the help of amazing colleagues and managers.

“Working at Via has been fundamental for my development and it has also allowed me to be involved in some really interesting schemes.”

Priyesh Mistry added: “Since re-joining Via, I’ve had the opportunity to work projects ranging from drainage works to pedestrian crossings, cycle facilities and more, each with its own challenges and constraints which must be considered when designing works.

“Via continues to support me in developing through training and I’ve improved greatly over the last year, building my confidence and professional competency to enable me to continue working towards professional chartership.

“I’d like to thank both Via and the ICE West & East Midlands for recognising my progress.”

Via has recently launched a range of early careers offers with apprenticeships, year in placement and a graduate scheme to help those starting out in their careers to achieve their potential and launch a rewarding career Via. More details, along with specific opportunities can be found at www.viaem.co.uk/early-careers.

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