Providing real life experiences for overseas apprentices

At Winvic, we are always looking at ways we can work together with educational establishments to make a positive impression amongst the next generation of construction professionals.

Earlier this year, a group of 35 construction engineering apprentices and two of their tutors from the French institute ‘L’école d’ingénieurs CESI’ visited the 700-acre East Midlands Gateway project as part of a week long educational stay in the UK, designed to enhance their understanding of the civil engineering industry.

Winvic jumped at the chance to host delegation, who were to keen to visit developments in the area to gain a detailed insight into how a site is run to help the students match theory with practice.

The group were given an overview of the nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) detailing the geotechnical aspects and the site’s infrastructural impact and environmental considerations.

The students were then taken on a tour of the site, which has a total area of 1.09 square miles. This gave the students the opportunity to ask questions and to appreciate the scale of the project, which has planning consent for up to 6 million sq ft of logistics accommodation and will incorporate a 50-acre Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) with a rail freight terminal capable of handling up to 16 775m freight trains per day.

Zineb Bajja, a tutor from CESI said

We are extremely grateful to Winvic for enabling us to gain a first-hand insight into the interesting and vast EMG project. Our students will undoubtedly have benefited from being able to apply lessons during the visit to the projects and assignments that they are currently working on‘.

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