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University students receive career experience on Mersey Gateway Bridge

Published: Saturday, 16 July 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A group of undergraduates and schoolchildren have been given the opportunity to gain work experience on the Mersey Gateway project – one of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects.

Six degree students from a range of universities are experiencing life working on the project after they were selected by one of the bridge scheme’s leading construction firms, Kier.

Also taken on the project, were twelve pupils from Year 10, from schools across Runcorn and Widnes, including Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College, Wade Deacon High School, The Heath School, Weaverham High School and Sandymoor School.

Those on the course are learning about civil engineering techniques that are used for road and bridge construction. Delving deeper into the environmental aspects and materials that are a part of the project is also a key area of study.

Inspire those into the industry

All six university students are engineering undergraduates, but they will be taking on a variety of job roles on the site.

Melissa Day, Merseylink Human Resources Advisor, says the project is to support young talent as they aim to get a lot more engineers into the industry.

The hope is that by giving students the opportunity to experience life on one of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects they will develop vital experience and valuable skills.

Upon completion of their courses, those who took part will have the opportunity to apply for the highly successful graduate engineer programme with Merseylink.

Complementing studies

The work taking place on the Mersey Gateway Bridge complements those studying engineering courses, and provides good practical insight into the theory that is learned at university.

Neil Wilcock, Merseylink Employment and Skills Co-ordinator, expressed his delight at being able to host the placements, which present real insight into the engineering and science behind Halton’s new bridge.

Mr Wilcock believes such an experience will prove vital when it comes to students deciding on their future career paths.

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