Graduates Make the Gade after Expert Advice from Osborne
Osborne recently held a Graduate Day at our M25 Gade Valley Viaduct site.
The day gave graduates a taste of bridge strengthening along with an exercise in estimating. The morning involved a site tour, including a viewing of the ‘mock-up’ section of the bridge which is used to develop and trial deck repair techniques.
Presentations included explanations on piling and ground improvement techniques. Then the graduates were divided into teams to prepare and present a bid to provide a foundation solution for a highway embankment across poor, contaminated ground.
The winning team presented the most comprehensive bid, offering a competitively priced and programmed piled solution which included risk mitigation and target cost collaboration.
Osborne bid directors were involved to act as the customer, and they reviewed bids and gave feedback to the teams and a box of ‘Celebrations’ to the winning quality/cost submission.
Osborne is always keen to attract new talent to the industry and last year attended engineering careers fairs at Birmingham, Portsmouth, and Southampton Universities. The career fairs provide a showcase for students to learn more about the exciting world of engineering and the career paths it offers.
Osborne has a well-respected track record in engineering training and currently employs 27 graduate/undergraduate engineers, many of whom are putting their skills to good effect both on and off site.
Osborne is also a proud member of the 5% Club, a campaign focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the UK workforce.
Osborne feel it is important that they provide an environment for future leaders to grow and expand their knowledge through practical experience, where they are working on live projects and with real customers amongst a thriving and inspiring team. Graduates are vital to the revitalisation of the industry and Osborne, as they provide a diverse outlook, with different methods of management and uses of technology which helps us to continually evolve.