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QUEST Scholarship For Costain Engineer

23 June 2011

Andrew Irwin, an undergraduate engineer on the Greater Manchester Recycling and Waste Project, has featured on the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) website in a profile about the prestigious ICE QUEST Scholarship, which he was awarded, in partnership with Costain.

The Queen’s Jubilee Scholarship Trust (QUEST) was set up in 1977 to support and encourage education in Civil Engineering.  QUEST awards scholarships to students, graduates and ICE members in civil engineering employment.

Andrew is studying Civil Engineering at Loughborough University and, with the support of Costain, has been able to develop as a young engineer, by completing placements and attending a number of training courses.

“The courses have helped me to further widen my skills base and on-site knowledge, giving me a greater confidence to create solutions when presented with problems,” said Andrew.

During his first summer placement with Costain, Andrew was based on the M25 Bell Common Tunnel refurbishment project, where he was able to work on a number of key areas. This provided him with a fantastic insight into the running of a major highways project.

Andrew is now undertaking his industrial placement year on the Greater Manchester Recycling and Waste Project, at Cobden Street, Salford as a Site Engineer, gaining further invaluable experience.

Andrew further commented: “Being a QUEST Scholar and working with a company such as Costain has allowed me to deepen and expand my knowledge of Civil Engineering. I now look forward to new challenges and the exciting venture of having the opportunity to be instrumental in the shaping of our future environment.”

Andy Beresford, the Project Manager on the Cobden Street site, praised Andrew’s contribution to the site team, explaining:  “Andrew proved himself at Cobden Street from day one, having taken over the site engineering duties from an experienced colleague at short notice.  He has shown particular aptitude and has been a positive addition to the site team. I am sure that he has a very promising Civil Engineering career ahead of him.”

Andrew Irwin ICE Quest Link