A TEENAGE engineer received a Royal seal of approval when he got the chance to explain his new job to the Queen.

Sam Boone, 19, made a thrilling start to his career at the meet-and-greet, held in London.

The junior building services engineer was one of a handful of youngsters picked to meet the monarch.

The Queen briefly chatted with delighted Sam at the 150th anniversary celebration of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Sam, who attended Clacton Coastal Academy, acted as an ambassador for the engineering training programme, Class of Your Own’s Design Engineer Construct.

It was through this initiative the youngster managed to start his career.

Sam said: “It was a tremendous privilege to meet her and to be able to provide a small insight into what the programme involves.

“I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity and I came away even more inspired and motivated to progress my own career and skills.”

Sam is enjoying his new job at property and construction consultancy Ingleton Wood, based in Colchester.

The firm partnered with Clacton Coastal Academy last year and as a result of the relationship offered the teenager a job.


Students at the school visit the company twice a week for one or two years, working alongside architects, surveyors and building services teams.

Laura Mansel-Thomas, partner for building services at Ingleton Wood, said: “Meeting the Queen is such a thrilling start to Sam’s career.

“The partnership between the school and our industry means we get the chance to nurture home-grown talent and see young people started on exciting careers.”

After Sam learned about different aspects of the industry, including computer-aided design and project management, he was offered the role in September.

The firm, which has offices in Colchester, London, Norwich, Billericay and Cambridge employs 200 people.

During her visit to the RICS headquarters in Westminster, the Queen toured the building and greeted staff.

Her Majesty, acting as patron of the institution, viewed the Shaping the World, Building the Future exhibition, which celebrates the impact and contribution surveyors have made across the world over the past 150 years.

The exhibition also included one of the latest augmented reality apps.

The Queen viewed a surveyed model of the RICS HQ building as it was projected into life from a phone.