National design and construction company, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) has received the Education Award for their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Development programme at the recent ICE West Midlands Awards.
ICE president David Balmforth and BBC broadcaster Stephanie McGovern presented the awards in front of 400 guests at a black-tie dinner earlier this year.
To help promote STEM in the area, MMB’s STEM Ambassadors have run a stall in the STEM hanger at Cosford Airshow for the past three years, running activities that teach some of the basics of engineering in an engaging and fun way.
MMB’s Ambassadors and colleagues also visited a number of schools in 2014, leading the ICE’s ‘Bridge to Schools’ challenge, where students build a 20m long suspension bridge.
STEM Ambassadors have also attended events – designed to inspire future engineers – at locations across the region, such as the home of the Red Arrows and RAF Scampton.
MMB is committed to internal and external education initiatives, supporting employee development as well as the promotion of STEM on both a national and local level to bridge the industry skills gap.
The company’s internal development programme includes year-out placements and dedicated development programmes for Civil and M&E Engineers and Quantity Surveyors, supporting employees in developing their skills to progress through the business.
Additionally, JN Bentley’s in-house apprenticeship scheme allows apprentices to work towards an NVQ Level 2 in General Construction Operations and gain additional tickets and valuable experience on site along the way.
MMB’s success at the ICE (West Midlands) Awards follows the re-accreditation of JN Bentley’s 2013 ‘Big Tick’ by Business in the Community at the prestigious Responsible Business Awards earlier this year for the company’s commitment to ‘Developing the Engineers of the Future’.
To read about our previous award successes click here.