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Industry partnership gives students engineering boost

Kier is leading a new partnership between three national businesses and Immingham Academy in Lincolnshire to help young people begin a career in engineering. Trend Control Systems, Powell Systems and Kier have launched the partnership with the specialist engineering academy to encourage young people to learn more about the industry.

Senior representatives from each company recently visited the academy to give a career presentation where pupils were invited to apply for Trend Control System’s apprenticeship programme. The annual scheme trains young people to become building management system engineers – developing skills that are valued by employers across the UK.

The partnership has been organised by Kier, who provide cleaning and caretaking services, as well as maintenance of the academy’s heating system. The system, which was installed in June, enables school buildings to be kept at the correct

temperature whilst reducing the academy’s energy bills by between 8% and 25%.

Adrian Lemarie, Kier Services Facilities Management Operations Director, said: “We are pleased to be able to pass on some of our experience to help and inspire budding engineers. We work very closely with Trend Control Systems through Powell Systems, so we were aware of their apprenticeship programme and, as Immingham is an engineering academy, it made sense for us to try and bring both parties together and build closer links between the school and industry.”

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