Costain has joined forces with NEF: The Innovation Institute, further strengthening the Company’s commitment to promoting innovation while helping to address the skills shortage in the UK’s construction industry.
NEF is a professional body and a provider of innovation and economic growth services to business, education and government. Established in 2004 as a grant awarding charity and a think-tank, NEF supports vocational further education and applied science, engineering and technology through research, policy and knowledge and technology transfer.
NEF’s work is guided by the Innovation Council whose members are leaders in their respective sectors and who share their knowledge and experience with partner organisations and stakeholders to stimulate innovation and achieve performance excellence.
Tim Embley, who is Costain’s Group Innovation and Knowledge Manager, has been made a Fellow, while Alan, who is Costain’s Group Technical & Operations Director, will sit on the NEF’s Innovation Council where he will help to guide policy around innovation in the construction engineering industry.
Members of the Innovation Council include some of the biggest names in their respective industries across a broad range of sectors, including Centrica, National Grid, Rolls Royce, Microsoft, Cobham and EDF Energy.
Joining NEF is in line with Costain Cares, the company’s initiative to build a long-term sustainable business that is committed to the needs of its stakeholders. By shaping training opportunities around the skills shortage and creating job opportunities, then Costain can make a major contribution to bridging the skills gap in the UK.
“We are delighted to be associated with NEF. Costain is committed to harnessing and promoting innovation and by involvement in the Innovation Council we have a great opportunity to work with industry leaders to promote innovation and to help develop future talent,” said Alan.
Commenting, Professor Sa’ad Medhat, NEF’s Chief Executive, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Alan onto the Innovation Council. We see his participation, along with others from different industries, as being a commitment to create and foster innovation. The Innovation Council provides the platform for leaders to exchange knowledge and experience which will trigger further cross-sector opportunities for innovation, by informing policy and promoting economic growth.”
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