Staff and students with Sir John Armitt

Sir John Armitt visited Stephenson College last Friday where he got the chance to talk to students and staff from the college and BAM Nuttall. The visit included a full inspection of the college facilities and was part of Sir John’s tour of the region which all ICE presidents undertake annually.

A number of presentations were maded including one delivered jointly by Trainee Engineer Harry Pike and Trainee QS Greg Mills.

In his presentation Sir John reflected on his progression through the industry from a technician to having the opportunity to lead teams on landmark projects such as Crossrail and the Olympic Park.

The theme of the day was one of success being a result of partnerships. Sir John reflected on the wonderful friendships he had made while working in the industry on challenging projects and commended BAM Nuttall for the leadership the company has put in place to provide open access for all staff to receive professional qualification with clear pathways for onward development.

To date the Stephenson College programme has seen 44 successes at professional review and the delivery model in place has set the standard for the new Trailblazer apprenticeships that will come into place in the industry at the end of 2017.