Salford student lands role with Morgan Sindall Construction
The University of Salford’s new £65 million School of Science, Engineering and Environment building is underway, with completion due in 2022. Mitchell Bowden is the latest in a line of Salford students who will be joining Morgan Sindall Construction in a permanent role after successfully completing a placement year on the site of the new building.
Salford student Mitchell is in his final year of study for a BSc (Hons) in Construction Project Management at the University, a course that is five years as opposed to the conventional three due to the extra time he dedicated to his placement. The added time has served him well, as it has resulted in him landing a permanent role as a Trainee Site Manager with the contractor.
The University enjoys a rewarding partnership with Morgan Sindall Construction, with the contractor having been appointed to construct two new buildings on its main campus as part of the Crescent Masterplan that has the goal to ‘Build Back Better’. Working collaboratively, opportunities have been created for students to gain industry experience whilst they study.
Mitchell Bowden said: “I’ve really enjoyed the real-life working experience. The placement has allowed me to put into practice everything that the University has taught me. Morgan Sindall Construction is heavily involved in lectures at the University, and as part of one of my modules I gave a presentation to one of the company directors. When I applied for the placement role, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the same director on my assessment day. I was then offered a position to work on the construction site for a new building at the University.”
Shaun Jones, Manchester area director for Morgan Sindall Construction said: “Morgan Sindall Construction is committed to nurturing the next generation of talent within the built environment, and appreciate that the benefits of practical experience within STEM sectors are invaluable.
“We are delighted to have Mitchell as part of the team. His role with us is a testament to the hard work he has put in both academically and practically, and we look forward to working with him on a permanent basis.”
Born and raised in Salford, Mitchell chose to stay local and study at the University after realising the quality of the courses on offer, as well as the range of industry partnerships made accessible to students as part of their study. He began work for Morgan Sindall Construction in early 2020, and despite the challenges the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic brought to the construction industry he refused to let this stop him from learning and proved his worth through his hard work, passion and dedication.
His commitment paid off when he was offered a permanent position upon graduation and currently combines part-time study whilst working for Morgan Sindall Construction. He added: “It means a lot to me, working on a project in my hometown on the campus where I am studying for my degree. It just goes to show you get out what you put in.”
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