Mackley supports campaign to transform civil engineering

Mackley is supporting a campaign by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to transform the civil engineering industry.

ICE believes civil engineering faces many challenges, from expanding and diversifying the workforce, through to improving the skills and knowledge of staff at all levels to make best use of new and emerging technologies.

ICE says there is a critical business and societal need for construction industry reform. Achieving this will require new skills and learning, as well as debate and discussion of the challenges that industry faces, from attracting a new wave of creative problem solvers to resolving the lack of diversity of the current workforce.

ICE believes civil engineering has consistently failed to attract enough creative young people, while the UK total of female engineers is the lowest in Europe.

To lead the required change, ICE is giving a voice to its members, from experienced industry leaders to the next generation of engineers.

‘ICE Talks’ sees people from across the civil engineering spectrum share their thoughts on these issues and on how invisible barriers could affect careers in engineering and construction.

In another element of the campaign, ICE has worked with a wide range of industry leaders to capture their stories and experiences in a film titled ‘Engineering Change‘.

Dave Knapp, Marketing Manager at Mackley, said: “Innovation in construction has traditionally happened slowly. We are supporting ICE by expanding our employees’ knowledge and skills to play our part in bringing about industry transformation.

“We are also actively involved in providing ‘real life’ experience for the next generation of civil engineers.

“Just last month a group of students from the University of Brighton visited our Clays Lake site, near Pease Pottage, where flood prevention works are being carried out.

“This was preceded earlier this year by a visit to the British Airways I360 site on Brighton seafront, which was a great success.

“These site visits have been arranged through Mackley’s involvement with the Industrial Advisory Board whose purpose is to forge links and partnerships between universities and business and industry.”

18 December 2015

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