Building bridges to success

Civil Engineering students at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have been building and developing team skills with Add-Venture and North Midland Construction.

Civil Engineering students at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have been building and developing team skills with Add-Venture and North Midland Construction.

The students – all in their first year at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment – were tasked with an assortment of team-building challenges which included constructing a small footbridge from basic scaffolding materials. On the day, Add-Venture staff described the students as being "very motivated and very focused".

The new students were also joined by two placement students from NTU. Jake and Mitch, who are currently on placement with North Midland Construction, came along to support and provide guidance to the new students.

Senior Lecturer Phil Sargent explained: "The day is designed to provide hands-on, practical tasks at a very early stage of the course, to help the new students to get to know each other, to bond within the teams in which they will be working all year, to discover their team's strengths and weaknesses and to experience working together."

The challenge not only brought the students together but allowed the new students to see how their courses can be applied to the real world.

The day provided experiences which taught them practical skills that are essential for a career in civil engineering.

First year BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering student George Snell said: "The day has been extremely fun and I feel like it has helped our team learn to trust each other".

Building bridges to success

Published on 22 October 2014
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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