The consultant and the the university believe the initiative is “pioneering a new approach to develop the ‘softer skills’ considered to be in short supply across the construction industry.”

Birmingham City University’s Professor Nick Morton said: “Students securing places at the University’s School of the Built Environment will have the opportunity to gain direct experience of both construction and people skills with Mott MacDonald in Birmingham’s projects around the UK.

“The construction industry needs problem solvers with the skills to enable them to develop the talents of others and to recognise their own strengths for future opportunities.”

Martin Perks, Divisional Director for Mott MacDonald, said: “We have great people in our industry with superb technical skills but that is only part of the picture.

“We know too that the softer skills increasingly needed to develop people’s potential and solve problems as they arise are in short supply.

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This does make you see the potential to follow a path already taken in the construction industry:  attract and nurture the ‘next generation’ of talent!