Creating a Spark!

29 April 2016 

Costain recently attended ‘The Spark! Contest 2016’ in Paris, which invites current and former students to produce innovative thinking on a topic related to the energy industry.

The Spark! Contest is a Franco-British nuclear community award contest for students and young professionals under the age of 29. The aim of the contest is to bring a pool of young talent closer to industry through visits, internships, scholarships and introduction to senior stakeholders.

The first workshop was held at the British Embassy in Paris, France on 21 March attended by Sir Julian King, the British Ambassador to France. Costain is one of the founder sponsors of Spark! and Tony Davies, Business Development Director in Costain’s Nuclear Sector, represented Costain at the event.

“The workshop was a great opportunity for young engineering professionals to network with high profile senior members of the Franco-British nuclear industry,” said Tony.

Each of the 18 teams of finalists must now prepare a 5,000 word paper on the subject, “The Nuclear Fuel Cycle in 2040: The Challenges and Solutions”.

A jury of panellists will evaluate the papers and select three prize winners. Once the winners have been chosen, they will be notified and invited to the World Nuclear Exhibition 2016 at Le Bourget, Paris, on Thursday 30th June where they will receive their prizes from this year's patron, Jean Bernard Levy, Chairman and CEO of EDF SA.

One of the prizes is an internship in Costain’s Nuclear business where the winner will get the chance to work on a number of nuclear projects in the new build and decommissioning sectors.

Tony said: “It was a good day spent listening and advising the young engineers on their innovative ideas. The speed mentoring was very successful and it was encouraging to hear the thoughts of tomorrow’s leaders. I look forward to listening to the final three in June”.

For more information about The Spark Contest, please click on the link below:

The Spark Contest




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