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Comment and opinion


The nail biting wait for exam results is over… what’s next?

Well it’s that time of year again when those of us with children or involved in the education sector hold our breath as we wait for the exam results to be announced. For almost everybody this will involve some flashback to the past and their own experience. For me, it reminds me of ‘first love distractions!’ and a lack of real focus and direction in my A-levels leading to a happy four years at my ‘back up’ university choice!

Girls Out Loud mentoring programme

What's the worst that can happen?

Through the wonderful organisation Girls Out Loud, I have just completed a year as a mentor to a 13 year old girl. This wasn’t part of the plan, when asked, my inner voice screamed “Noooo!”, but having done it, I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Not for the warm fuzzy feelings we associate with doing good for a youngster, but for the massive impact it had on me.

How innovation shall drive the outcomes of PAS 2080

Tim Embley, group innovation and knowledge manager, discusses how innovation shall drive the outcomes of PAS 2080.

Richard Howell, Costain

PAS 2080: The Implications for Procurement

Richard Howell, group head of supply chain, discusses the implications of PAS 2080 for procurement.

Dan Rennison, Costain

PAS 2080: The Implications for Design

Dan Rennison, head of design management, discusses the implications of PAS 2080 for design.

Tony Scutt, Costain

Transforming the Road Network

The decision by the UK government to set up the National Infrastructure Commission in October of last year is a strong signal that the country is taking a longer-term view in terms of improving nationally significant infrastructure while at the same time providing greater certainty for those of us involved in making those improvements happen.

Adrian Jones, Costain

A Spotlight on Hazards, Risk and Process Safety

Identifying major hazards and managing their associated risk is a significant challenge for organisations operating in industrial sectors, and this includes Costain. As a designer, constructor and operator of plants and processes in high hazard sectors such as oil and gas, nuclear, chemicals and rail, Costain has a responsibility to ensure that we do not cause major or significant harm to people or the environment.

As an industry, carbon is an area that we really need to get to grips with.

The infrastructure sector accounts for more than 50% of the UK’s CO2 emissions, and if we do not adopt low carbon best practice, the UK will not meet its commitment of an 80% reduction by 2050.

What is the key to a safe and great place to work?

At Costain we understand that for our business to be successful it has to operate sustainably over the long term. To do that, we need a workforce that is safe, well-motivated, productive, and who feel enthusiastic and passionate about what we do.

Introduction To Demand Response

Introduction To Demand Response

National Grid is responsible for managing the flows of electricity to homes and businesses in the UK on a real-time basis, to do this they must match, or balance, the consumption of electricity with supply every moment of the day.