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Jackson Civil Engineering's Skill Building Drive

Seven school teams from Northgate High, Holywells High, Orwell High (Felixstowe), Stowmarket High and Ipswich School converged on Suffolk College to be set a task by Jackson Civil Engineering. Each team had to find the best solution to a problem that Jackson Civil Engineering staff had encountered and solved in the past.

Northgate High entered three teams and one was the eventual winner. Their task was how to replace and upgrade a railway bridge at Colchester and widen the road underneath to a dual carriageway.

Other projects included: a coastal defence scheme at Aldeburgh, replacing a road bridge over the River Stour, near Manningtree and replacing the bearings on the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich. "We have been running these problem solving days in the area for six years now and they have proved very successful from both the industry and student viewpoint" said Peter Miller, training manager for Jackson Civil Engineering.

Jenny Pavey, construction education adviser, CITBConstructionSkills said: "Raising awareness of careers such as civil engineering and surveying is very important as Suffolk needs to recruit approx 200 people into professional and construction management roles every year over the next five years". back