Costain welcomes ‘Class of 2016’
1 September 2016
Costain recently welcomed the ‘Class of 2016’, a group of carefully selected graduates about to embark on a long and rewarding career with the Company.
This year, Costain took on 65 graduates in 15 disciplines, including civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, finance, health and safety, procurement, design and technology. The competition and quality of the candidates was extremely high, with 30 applicants for each graduate place.
The graduates’ careers started with a week-long ‘Boot Camp’ at the De Vere Hotel in Daventry on August 1 which was designed to introduce them to the Company and allow them to gain a better understanding about what is required to work as part of a business team.
Over the five days, the graduates heard from a number of Directors and Senior Managers. Catherine Warbrick, Costain’s Investor Relations and Corporate Responsibility Director, talked about Engineering Tomorrow, the company’s strategy to identify, develop and implement innovative solutions to meet the UK’s major infrastructure needs.
Tony Blanch, Costain’s Business Improvement Director, introduced The Costain Way and the Company’s Business Assurance Programme, a comprehensive online risk-based management system that provides instructions and advice on how to promote best practice across the Group.
Tim Embley, Costain’s Group Innovation and Knowledge Manager, discussed the broad range of innovative services at Costain and the importance of understanding the needs of Costain’s customers, to help develop innovative solutions to meet those needs.
Tim said: “It is a clear that another talented team have joined Costain. The careful selection of individuals in line with our business strategy of Engineering Tomorrow will deliver our business goals and continue to provide a range of services that address our customer’s most pressing needs. They were especially interested in understanding how to deliver technical excellence through innovative services.”
During the week, the graduates focussed on their ‘soft skills’ like communication, presentation and decision making ahead of being deployed to work on their first projects.
Throughout the week, graduates heard from former Graduate Scheme members and they also attended a networking dinner with members of the Executive Board. The week culminated with a strong message to become professionally qualified and achieve Chartered status in their first five years in the Company.
The event was organised by Leonie Smith, Graduate Learning & Development Advisor, Steve Dania, Costain’s Talent Development Manager, and Kajal Patel, Learning & Development Administrator.
“Gaining professional qualification is the ultimate goal for many engineers. Graduates are encouraged to expand their knowledge by moving across sectors throughout their time on the Graduate Development Scheme, widening their learning and overall contribution to Costain,” said Leonie.
Costain Communications Department