Date published: April 19, 2016

‘Inspirational’ student architect wins prestigious ‘Women in Property’ award

Architecture undergraduate Abby-Jane Cassady has been named ‘Women in Property’ student of the year.

She came top in the North West final of the awards which encourage girls and young women to enter the property and construction industry.

Abby-Jane, who won £300 and a trophy, was described as an ‘inspirational student’ by her peers and tutors.

She said: "I’m very thankful to ‘Women in Property’ for the regional Student Award.

“Being recognised for all the hard work I put in is appreciated, when you enjoy what you do it comes naturally and to meet so many like-minded women was inspiring."

Many students secure work placements as a direct result of competing in the ‘Women in Property’ awards, which often translate into permanent positions upon graduation.

Sasha Wayne, of Mersey Gateway Crossings Board and Chairman of the North West Branch of WiP, said: "Abby has done incredibly well to win the regional Award and is a very worthy winner.

“She is an inspirational student and the North West branch is delighted she will be representing this region at the national final in September.

"This is a demanding competition with some extremely talented, enthusiastic and professional young women taking part, all of which bodes well for the recruitment pipeline.

"The industry is crying out for more young people to come on board. Despite the skills shortage, careers in property and construction are still largely forgotten, particularly for young women, when looking ahead past their GCSEs.

“We are calling upon schools – and parents – to remember the amazing opportunities offered by this industry, when they are giving careers advice.”

The national final will be held at Claridge’s in London on Wednesday 21st September when students from across the UK compete for the National Student Award trophy.

* Architectural Design & Technology at the University of Salford has a 100% satisfaction rating (NSS) and is accredited by professional bodies CIAT and CIOB.

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