James Pengilley

"After 16 years in the building trade as a carpenter and joiner, I was looking to advance my career as much as possible. My GCSE results were not much to be desired so I began by completing the Foundation Pathways in Technology course at Plymouth University. I was then able to progress to the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree, which has allowed me to secure a job working for the structures team building the new A380 South Devon Link Road.

Since graduating, my work has included assisting site engineers with setting out and surveying earthworks, culverts and bridges; along with supervising and coordinating contractors/sub-contractors, creating method statements and permits, etc. The work carries a lot of responsibility but is very rewarding. My education at Plymouth University has been epoch-making in my career path. One of the best decisions I have ever made in my life."