16 SEP 2015

Morgan Sindall leads recruitment of the best young civil engineers through ICE QUEST programme

Proud to be the leading corporate partner in a long-standing programme.

Morgan Sindall is proud to be the leading corporate partner in a long-standing programme to encourage high-achieving and driven A-level students to choose a career in Civil Engineering.

Morgan Sindall has worked with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for the last seven years to inspire and mentor the sharpest young minds as they embark on civil engineering degrees. The culmination of this process is the annual Queen’s Jubilee Scholarship Trust (QUEST) interview day, this year held on Friday 11th September 2015.

The interview day is an opportunity for leading employers to take part in a 'speed-dating' process to recruit future civil engineers from a final shortlist of 120 candidates chosen from over 400 applicants.

QUEST was set up in 1977, offering annual scholarships and placement opportunities to the chosen students, enabling them to develop a relationship with a potential employer from the start of their degree. The scheme is supported by ICE, working in association with partners from the industry. The selection process works to ensure the interests and aspirations of candidates and sponsoring businesses are aligned.

Morgan Sindall is the largest patron of the scheme with 32 civil engineering students sponsored under this programme to date. Students undertake regular placements and orientation events with Morgan Sindall and sister design and engineering company, BakerHicks (formerly Morgan Sindall Professional Services) enabling them visualise how their university studies relate to their future career. They are also assigned career mentors within Morgan Sindall and receive valuable sponsorship whilst at university, and paid employment during their placements.

This year Morgan Sindall will be sponsoring a further 10 students and BakerHicks will be sponsoring two students.

Andy Gotts, director for civil and structural engineering and QUEST interviewer says:

"QUEST is a unique opportunity for students to secure on the job training, supported by other QUEST, qualified and highly experienced engineers which can be directly applied to their university studies. With a secured job opportunity at the end of the scholarship, the mutual benefits of 'home grown' talents are clear, which is why we support this event year on year."

Tony O’Donnell, Morgan Sindall’s engineering director and leader of the QUEST Programme says after seven years of participation and investment, the company is now seeing the QUEST scholars thriving within the business: 

"They are able to undertake highly responsible roles early in their careers because of the undergraduate experience they have gained with us. With major schemes like HS2 and Thames Tideway on the horizon, we are already mentoring these young people for the roles we will expect them to take up on these projects after they graduate. They are an inspiring bunch and I am proud to have every one of them in our business."