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Morgan Sindall and NTU to develop innovation in construction

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Morgan Sindall will encourage construction talent in the Midlands

Posted by Alex Diggins | May 14, 2018 | People, policy, politics, money

Construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have announced a new partnership to develop innovation and encourage talent in the region's construction industry. Morgan Sindall, which has its national headquarters in the Midlands, recently opened a new office in Nottingham Business Park due to increased demand in the region. The company stands to benefit from the nearby university which boasts an impressive 96% of graduates employed or in further study after graduation. In turn, students at Nottingham Trent will be able to access placements and wider work experience opportunities with a company renowned for developing a talented and future-fit workforce.

In addition, NTU will be providing opportunities for Morgan Sindall to access its equipment and facilities with a view to developing fresh approaches and techniques that can be applied in the construction industry. Under the new partnership, Morgan Sindall and NTU will also collaborate on other key areas of activity including teaching and learning, work experience, employment and business development.

Sean Bowles, Managing Director of Morgan Sindall in the Midlands and alumnus of NTU, said, “Developing a future-fit workforce and pioneering innovative approaches to the design and construction of our built environment are two areas key to Morgan Sindall. As a graduate of the University, I have first-hand experience of the excellent teaching on offer to students. It also makes signing this statement of intent particularly gratifying and I look forward to the partnership developing over the coming years.”

He continued: “Our business will undoubtedly benefit from the bright ideas and enthusiasm of everyone studying here. In turn, I hope that we can convey the strength and breadth of career opportunities available within our industry, both here in the Midlands and throughout the UK.”

Our business will undoubtedly benefit from the bright ideas and enthusiasm of everyone studying here

Morgan Sindall will additionally support NTU by providing opportunities for student placements, as well as offering a practical view of the industry and highlighting graduate career paths through showcase lectures delivered by its employees. Professor Edward Peck, Vice Chancellor at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Morgan Sindall and NTU enjoy a strong relationship that continues to address the talent needs of Morgan Sindall and helps to keep NTU’s academic provisions aligned to the requirements of the construction sector. This partnership agreement signifies the value of the relationship and intention to explore new ways to support the strategic priorities of both organisations. This allows for greater collaboration across four underpinning areas; Teaching and Learning, Work Experience and Employment, Research and Development, Business Planning and Strategic Alignment."

The partnership was ratified by Mr Bowles and Prof Peck at a ceremony at NTU, attended by representatives from both organisations.

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