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Status Achieved For Engineers And Quantity Surveyors

4 February 2013

Costain has welcomed the next generation of engineers and quantity surveyors into its professional ranks after they achieved professional status in their chosen careers.

A total of 13 people achieved professional status in 2012 in the Company’s three core areas: civil engineering, mechanical engineering and surveying. Costain’s James Bulleid, Peter Ogden and Phil Davis (CEng) received their Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Chartership in autumn 2012, following the success of Beth Willoughby, Ivan Vukomanovic, Lauren Blakely and Mark Jenkins (CEng) who received their Chartership in spring 2012.

Elsewhere, Alex Holloway (CEng) and Chris Hodgson (CEng) received their Chartership from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in November 2012 and December 2012 respectively, while Jonathan Curtin, Victoria Leyshon, Nav Patel and Stuart Slade received their Charterships and professional status from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Gaining professional or chartered status demonstrates a person’s commitment to their chosen profession and shows that an individual possesses a high level of knowledge in their field of work, as judged by a peer group of similar professionals. Gaining recognition is characterised by a person’s ability to develop appropriate solutions to problems using new and existing technologies. It also shows that the individual and their employer are committed to excellence and are able to demonstrate this as the benchmark of the Company’s services.

Lee Bateson, a M&E Manager at Costain Engineering Services, coordinates training in mechanical engineering, instrumentation, controls and automation (MEICA) and believes the Company’s MEICA capability is essential to its ability to deliver projects across its chosen sectors.

“Alex and Chris are leading the way and I hope to see many more Mechanical and Electrical graduates and engineers applying for and becoming registered Chartered Engineers over the next few years. With our training, development and mentoring process we will soon have many more of our engineers from all disciplines becoming chartered. I would also like to say a big thank you to all of our mentors for providing guidance and advice,” said Lee.

Pete Tosland, a Commercial Manager at Costain, coordinates and manages the Company’s training for RICS. He believes gaining professional status has never been more important, particularly in helping to meet the demands of customers.

“Employees obtaining professional status help us to meet our customer’s needs whilst giving excellent opportunities to our employee. In addition to this benefit, the process required to obtain Chartership ensures that the employee is bettering themselves with continuous improvement in all areas of their work,” said Pete.

Bill Hewlett, Costain’s Group Technical Director, added: “Professionalism is at the heart of Costain’s offering to our customers and I am delighted to see the next generation developing their skills and knowledge by securing some of the toughest qualifications around.”