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ICE Scholarship for Champion

22 February 2016

Costain’s George Holder has received a prestigious scholarship from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), marking him out as one to watch for the future.

George, an Innovations Champion on the ATC Systemwide Project for Crossrail, received ICE’s QUEST Technician Scholarship, which is awarded once a year on a regional basis and recognises the abilities and potential of young engineers. George is the recipient of one of two QUEST Scholarships awarded in the South East of England.

To achieve the award, George submitted an application which focussed on the work he is currently undertaking in innovation and knowledge exchange, as well as his academic achievements and future goals.

George was then selected to attend an interview with the ICE, which examined his technical input into his projects, his future ambitions and how he sees innovation’s role in the industry.

Innovation is a valuable and essential part of any project and the award of this scholarship by the ICE recognises that driving innovation to accelerate solutions to market is a worthwhile endeavour within Costain and the engineering industry as a whole.

“I hope the QUEST Scholarship will enable me to promote the value and excitement that surrounds innovation in engineering to colleagues and those coming through the apprentice route,” said George.

George joined Costain in September 2014 on the Higher Apprenticeship Programme. He is currently working towards a HND in Construction and Built Environment and a NVQ Level 5 in Management and Sustainability. While he is due to complete this stage of his studies in July of this year, George intends to continue his education.

“I hope to continue my career with Costain through the graduate scheme and I hope that the scholarship will assist me in this endeavour, along with continuing my education,” said George.

Caroline Towner, Costain’s Apprenticeship Manager, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and well deserved by George. He is very self-motivated in everything he strives to do and demonstrates what Costain’s Apprenticeship Programme can do to help young people achieve their potential.”

Tim Embley, Costain’s Group Innovation and Knowledge Manager, added: “I am delighted that George has received this support. It is recognition of his professionalism and an indication that innovation is a valuable skill within engineering today, demonstrating that Costain’s Engineering Tomorrow strategy is shaping the future.”


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