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‘First Team’ Action For Youngsters

13 June 2016

Some of Costain’s brightest graduates experienced ‘life at the top’ recently at a special Strategy Day.

The graduates, 23 in total, formed into five teams and had to present ideas for further improving the business to Andrew Wyllie, Costain Chief Executive, Tony Bickerstaff, Costain Finance Director, and Sally Austin, Costain Group HR Director.

The presenters, all participants in the Graduate Development Programme, were nominated by their line managers to take part. The five ideas were: Building on BIM (Building Information Modeling), Dealing with Stress, Bridging the Gap with Universities, Costain Central Training, and Project Paperless. The graduates had prepared for the Day over three months and the topics were developed into presentations during that time.

Said Sally: “The main aim of the Day was to help the graduates develop their presentation skills by giving them the opportunity to present to Executive Board members. But it also gave them the chance to work in a team comprising a range of ages and disciplines, and to gain valuable feedback not only from the directors but also their peers.”

All three directors were very impressed by the presentations. Said Sally: “ The teams produced five excellent presentations that covered not only the benefits to Costain but also commercial considerations and the impact on the customer. They displayed great passion and motivation, and also performed very well in the question and answer sessions following the presentations.”

The following teams of graduates attended the Graduate Strategy Day:

Team 1 – Topic – Building on BIM
Niku Nobakhti (Team Leader)
George Scott
Joshua Smith
Matt Harris
Vimal Patel

Team 2 – Topic – Dealing with Stress
Ben Norton (Team Leader)
Ben Eastwood
Mark Merry
Isabel Delaney

Team 3 – Topic – Bridging the gap with Universities
Ioanna Papanikolaou (Team Leader)
Craig Hutchison
Sean Allen
Thomas Jay
Lara Young

Team 4 – Costain Central Training
Tom King (Team Leader)
James Neve
Owen Howes
Max Plummer
Robert Ingram

Team 5 – Topic – Project Paperless
Craig Neethling (Team Leader)
Michael Hancock
Luke Chen
Tim Kelly



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