Birmingham City University and engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald have signed a Memorandum of Co-Operation in a bid to tackle the talent and skills shortage facing the construction industry.
The agreement between the two organisations will see Mott MacDonald provide regular internship and placement opportunities for BCU students.
They will also support the design of courses at the University’s School of the Built Environment.
Martin Perks, Project Director at Mott MacDonald, highlighted the need to challenge perceptions of the construction industry: “Many youngsters at school level think that if you’re going into construction you’re either going to be a builder or an architect, but there are something like 85 professional routes into construction and infrastructure so we need to make people more aware of the many routes and career options into the industry, rather than the two that everyone thinks about.”
He added: “We hope that our relationship with BCU will help them to attract talent into HE programmes in the construction sector, as well as opening pathways for academic staff to interact and engage with Mott MacDonald in real-life projects that can be translated back into teaching.”