Mott MacDonald has been hosting 48 students for the past four weeks as part of a Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) government-led training scheme to develop future industry leaders.
The work experience is part of the student’s MRes Environmental Management Course at the University of Bolton to reflect the core modules of the course including research, risk assessment, project management, environmental management and hazardous substances.
Students have been provided with an overview of UK regulations and guidance for a range of environmental disciplines, including air quality, contaminated land, ecology, sustainability, noise and waste through numerous case studies.
The scheme is part of the Saudi Vision 2030, a plan to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy and develop public services such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation and tourism.
Chris Stanford, Project Manager, Mott MacDonald, said: “We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to provide students from Saudi Arabia with experience of the practical aspects of environmental management here in the UK. The project has been a fantastic opportunity for mutual learning, knowledge sharing, and connected thinking to see how environmentalists with backgrounds in various parts of the world take different approaches to environmental challenges and opportunities, and how we deliver them.”
The placements took place at Mott MacDonald’s Leeds, Altrincham, Birmingham and Southampton offices. The project is being sponsored by the Saudi Arabian General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection, a government organisation located in the KSA.