Morgan Sindall Infrastructure has announced its new partnership with University Technical College (UTC) Heathrow – signing up to sponsor the school as a lead partner alongside existing partners Heathrow Airport Ltd and Brunel University.
The company, which is a CIOB Training Partnership (TP), is currently working at Heathrow to upgrade key elements of the airport’s infrastructure including taxiways, landside roads and car parks.
The partnership with UTC Heathrow is at the heart of Morgan Sindall Infrastructure’s strategy to provide opportunities for young people to enhance their skills and development in local communities.
The company will work in partnership with UTC Heathrow to help run a variety of programmes to provide students with real project-based learning experiences and personal development skills essential for employment pathways.
It will also include funding for the provision of essential equipment and resources, offer work experience placements as well as contributing employees’ time in school for mentoring and practical project learning.
Left to right in the centre: Joanne Harper, CEO of Activate Learning Education Trust; Simon Smith, managing director, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure; and Lord Baker, chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, with Morgan Sindall Infrastructure and UTC colleagues.
Simon Smith, managing director of Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, said: “We are delighted to support this innovative school as a lead partner, and privileged to be able to help positively influence the students and their lives after education. We are keen to share our success with students to help them achieve all they want in their future careers.”
He added: “We are very grateful to Lord Baker for his sterling work as chair and co-founder of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, and Wayne Edwards, principal of UTC Heathrow, for the opportunity of this partnership.
“Our own teams benefit greatly from the relationship and we look forward to playing our part within this fantastic school.”
Morgan Sindall Infrastructure’s commitment to social responsibility is accompanied by a commitment to addressing the technical skills shortage that the industry is facing.
This is the second UTC that the company has partnered with, following its successful relationship as an established platinum partner and trust board member with Energy Coast UTC in Workington, Cumbria.
Energy Coast UTC achieved an Outstanding Ofsted report this year with the principal citing the company’s involvement as a major factor in its achievement.