Top engineering firm pilots education project at Bolton

Posted on Tuesday 27th November 2012

The University of Bolton is piloting a new education project for top UK engineering firm, Mabey Hire.

The Mabey Hire Student Link project will see the company’s staff mentoring students, taking part in guest lectures and offering internships and work placements for students on the University’s Civil Engineering courses.

Mark Rooney is managing director at Mabey Hire. He said: ‘The future of the engineering workforce is vital to us and with the wealth of knowledge and experience we have within our internal teams we feel we can offer numerous benefits to the University of Bolton and its students.’  

Bolton is the first University in the country to take part in the scheme. Mabey Hire plans to roll out the project across six other universities in 2013. As well as the academic and practical benefits, Student Link will also feature an annual award for the best dissertation. This will be awarded individually at each university, with a national award for the best overall dissertation.

Mark added: ‘Our industry knowledge and insight into the real world of engineering is invaluable and we aim to begin rewarding stars of the future with our prizes and awards for outstanding dissertations.’

Malcolm Duncan is Programme Leader for the University’s Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Acting Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) and BEng (Hons) programmes in Civil Engineering.

He said: ‘I’m looking forward to this partnership between the University and Mabey Hire. They are a leading UK engineering temporary works business that has a wealth of experience which will undoubtedly benefit our students. The fact they have chosen the University of Bolton to launch the scheme is a testament to the quality of all our civil engineering programmes and our students.

Mabey Hire is part of the family-owned Mabey Group which is one of the leading bridge builders in the world. The group has been in business for 150 years and has a turnover or more than of £100 million.  The company employs around 400 staff, including 35 engineers, across 18 depots nationwide.