ICE QUEST programme: In search of the civil engineering stars of the future
Over 100 of the brightest undergraduate civil engineers descended on the Institution of Civil Engineering’s (ICE) prestigious Westminster headquarters for the QUEST interview day on 7 September.
BakerHicks were in attendance along with sister company Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure, looking to recruit the next QUEST scholars to pass through their ranks.
The QUEST programme is the ICE’s flagship scholarship and mentoring programme which partners scholars with sponsor companies for the duration of their undergraduate degrees, providing students with financial support and annual summer work placements. The interview day helps match the aspiring scholars with sponsor companies.
Students also had the opportunity to visit company’s stands in the exhibition hall to find out more about their potential sponsors. BakerHicks, who have now been participating in the scheme for seven years, treated the students to a demonstration of some of their cutting edge Virtual Reality technology on their stand. Current and former QUEST scholars Suista Gurung and James Brown were also on hand to answer any questions and give the students a first-hand account of what it’s like to be a part of the programme.
Andy Gotts, Director for Civil & Structural Engineering at BakerHicks, says:
“Once again we’ve seen an incredibly high standard of candidate at this year’s QUEST interview day and I’m confident we will secure another two gifted scholars to join the team at BakerHicks. We’ve so far sponsored 12 students through the QUEST scheme, based in our offices across the country, and have found every one of them to have a genuine desire to learn and get involved.”
Former scholar James, who is now employed full-time by BakerHicks, says the programme really helped him hit the ground running:
“BakerHicks gave me a lot of time and informal training on project after project. Whilst university taught me the theory, BakerHicks gave me application. As a result, within a day on my first role, I was working on a big project, within a week I was working independently on a steel framed design and within six months I was working in a team of two developing the design of a £20m train modification unit.”