CH2M HILL and Fairhurst Investing in Future Engineers

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CH2M HILL and Fairhurst are leading a Business Enterprise event on Thursday 16 January at Roch's Secondary School, Glasgow. The event is centred around a theoretical engineering problem which requires pupils to develop a transport scheme to access an imaginary island. To solve the problem students will need to draw on a variety of cross-curricular skills.

To develop and implement the scheme pupils must consider construction, environmental and operational costs as well as logistics for health and safety during construction. Assuming roles as project managers, architects and health and safety experts the pupils will pitch their preferred design solutions to CH2M HILL and Fairhurst engineers in a 'Dragon's Den' style competition.

As part of its commitment to community investment programmes, CH2M HILL is a business partner for St Roch's Secondary School and works alongside organisations such as John Lewis and Novotel Hotels to promote the involvement of schools in business and industry. Business partners help provide careers advice, support in applying for jobs as well as providing work experience and future career opportunities.

CH2M HILL and Fairhurst have been working closely with the school and Glasgow City Council's employability officers for six months to ensure the event is successful and provides real community benefits for the local students.

James Rowntree, Managing Director of Transportation, Europe at CH2M HILL, said: “CH2M HILL is committed to its community investment programme and is pleased to be working alongside Fairhurst, John Lewis and other industry bodies to deliver this important business enterprise event. This event is a fantastic opportunity to bring together skills and expertise from across a variety of industries to help provide practical experience for school children looking to pursue careers in engineering.

"Over the past 12 months CH2M HILL has increased its operations in Scotland and has been working on some of the country's most important transport projects. As a business partner of St Roch's Secondary School we are really pleased to be involved in this and contribute to what promises to be a highly successful event."

The Deputy Head of St Roch’s Secondary School, Frank Delury, said: “St Roch’s Secondary School is delighted to take part in the ‘Dragon’s Den’ Enterprise event. This is an exciting, fun way to learn about engineering, design and teamwork. Our pupils will be putting to good use all of the expertise they have learned in their various subjects at school and combining it all into one learning package. The pupils are looking forward to the event and the staff are keen to see the active learning on a large scale.”

Notes to Editor:

  • CH2M HILL plays an active role in the charity Business in the Community, serving on the International leadership team and the Enterprise leadership team.
  • CH2M HILL also works with the Social Mobility Foundation and in November 2013 awarded a grant of over £30,000 to the organisation through the CH2M HILL Foundation.
  • The grant will be used to support two of the Social Mobility Foundation’s core programmes with which CH2M HILL are involved: the ‘Aspiring Professionals Programme’ and the ‘Speaker of the House of Commons’ Parliamentary Placement Scheme’.
  • Since 2011 CH2M HILL has developed its skills programme and has worked with various MPs across a variety of constituencies to provide skills workshops to assist young people find and prepare for work. These workshops have included sessions on how to write CVs, how to perform in interview situations and routes into the job market.


Employee-owned CH2M HILL is one of the world’s leading consulting, design, design-build, operations, and programme management companies serving government, civil, industrial and energy clients, employing over 30,000 people worldwide. Our work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources.

CH2M HILL has operated in the UK for over 20 years and acquired Halcrow in 2011. Its European headquarters are in London and it employs over 3,300 people in the UK. CH2M HILL is working on some of the most iconic infrastructure programmes including High Speed 2, Thames Tideway Tunnels, the decommissioning of Dounreay and was one of the leading partners in CLM, Delivery Partner to the ODA for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

CH2M HILL is an active member of Business in the Community and the Employee Ownership Association.

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