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Morgan SindaLL: supporting local skills and training

Morgan Sindall know the importance of ensuring that young people are equipped with the training and knowledge to achieve their goals, and have made a long term commitment to the local Energy Coast Technical College UTC to support in the development of the students who live in the region.

Based at Lillyhall, West Cumbria, the UTC aims to meet the current and growing skills demand from regional employers working in the rapidly expanding energy sectors.

The college offers full time courses that combine practical and academic studies. It aims to provide new opportunities and ways of learning enabling young people to achieve a higher level than they may have done before.

Working closely with the UTC as an employing partner, Morgan Sindall regularly support the college’s open evenings for prospective students and parents, engaging with young people to offer career guidance and advice in their chosen field. Alongside this, we offer regular work experience placements, career and technical presentations, mentorship opportunities and support with example projects that are embedded into the curriculum.

As a partner, Morgan Sindall support the UTC with projects to help them apply their knowledge in practice. One of the projects Morgan Sindall led was the UTC Footbridge Project, which helped students to learn about the full procurement, design and construction process of a bridge. The students developed the full project lifecycle to allow safe foot and cycle access to a neighbouring college, with the end project judged by senior project leads from Morgan Sindall.

The UTC recognises diversity and supports access to education for all, regardless of social background. To help encourage this, Morgan Sindall, alongside joint venture partner Arup, supports the student’s uniforms, 3D printing classroom and Environmental Studies laboratory. This has enabled the UTC to establish a Social Benefit Fund to assist families in need with the associated costs of attending the UTC, and provide industry leading facilities. We’re particularly proud to support this, given that 55% of students at the college come from some of the highest areas of social deprivation in the UK.

News of this sponsorship has been well received by current and incoming parents. Donna, a parent from the 2015/16 cohort said of the sponsorship:

It’s great that the uniform is sponsored by Morgan Sindall and Arup, and that it is easily accessible through the UTC. Trying to find a uniform for my son has previously been really stressful and costly. This sponsorship is wonderful news for parents.”

Simon Smith, managing director of Utility Services at Morgan Sindall said:

Morgan Sindall is proud to be so closely involved in the Energy Coast University Technical College. We firmly believe that the long term interests of communities in West Cumbria are best served by developing world class skills in the local supply chain. This is why we are committed to supporting the training of local people and harnessing their skills by employing them across a wide range of roles, including apprentices, on our projects.”

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