On the 17th December 60 year 11 and 12 students visited Ramboll’s London Office to take part in a series of activities in aide of inspiring them to tackle the world’s challenges and following a career in engineering. The day was organised with the Inspiring Futures Foundation, of which Ramboll has a long running partnership with.
At the start of the day students were given a vibrant presentation from Ollie Wildman, an associate in the London structures team, introducing them to the world of engineering and what it’s really like working at Ramboll. They then took part in a networking session with a range of our Ramboll graduate and design engineers across the business; who shared experiences both at their time in the industry and their reasons for choosing engineering as a career path. After a tour around the state of the art office facilities in the afternoon the students were set a challenge in teams to design and build a prototype emergency bridge to link an isolated town washed away from recent flooding. Each group performed well, establishing a teamwork approach to develop a design, cost it, build it and present their idea to the group. Many bridges fared well to the testing of each bridge at the end of the session.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the day; being given the insight into our industry and also from the opportunity to empower themselves in the design challenge. We hope to continue our long running partnership with the Inspiring Futures Foundation and commit to inspiring the engineers of the future.
See Inspiring Future’s blog post about the day here and for any questions please contact Alan Roper (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ollie Wildman (Ollie.Wildman@ramboll.co.uk). Special thank you goes to the graduates and colleagues who assisted in the networking event and office tours.
Wimbledon High School hosted a STEM Career Fair for their Year 9 students (13/14 year olds) on the evening of the 18th November.
Kalisha, Anna and myself (Florencia) had the opportunity to meet a wonderful bunch of clever young women interested in finding out more about what STEM careers involves. We discussed what sort of roles they could be perusing in the future if they decided to take a career in the sciences.
It was rewarding to see their genuine interest in our profession and the questions they were coming up with, some of which proved to be quite challenging to answer. By the end of the evening we had a great feeling that we had successfully engaged with the students and gained their interest in engineering, or at least clarified what engineering actually involves and the different types of engineering choices.
To finalise the evening, we proposed to build some marshmallow and spaghetti towers. Unsurprisingly they were brilliant at it.
In September 2015, Ramboll graduates attended a two-day induction programme, which took place in the London office.
The first day of the programme began with an introductory speech by Steve Canadine, Managing Director of Ramboll in the UK. It was followed by presentations from senior members of staff, who gave a brief summary of their career and their job role within Ramboll. There was also an overview of the various CSR projects which are organised by Ramboll Charities Panel. Later on, graduates participated in a seminar relating to Ramboll values, during which they exchanged views and opinions on what these mean to them and how they can incorporate them into their job role and daily tasks. The day continued with a presentation on ‘Innovative Leadership’.
As part of the Copenhagen trip, graduates were asked to complete a ‘Graduate Design Challenge’, on which they were briefed during the induction programme. Graduates were given the task to design an integrated solution for an existing public realm within a dense city of their choice. The solution should consider sustainability, social integration and green spaces. Graduates were divided into teams of 5-6 people from different disciplines and offices in order to allow them to combine their various skills from the different sectors. The first day ended with a tour around several historic pubs of London.
On the second day there were short presentations from colleagues working in the various disciplines and Resources Groups within Ramboll. The day continued with an interactive discussion about ‘Competitive Platform’, during which graduates were given the opportunity to express their opinion and ideas on various issues and propose their suggestions. The graduate induction programme ended with a session on building client relationships. During this session, graduates were divided into groups of 6 and were given the task to undertake a role play exercise. The scenario they were given was such that they would meet potential clients and they would have to convince them to appoint Ramboll in new projects.
The graduate induction programme was a great opportunity for graduates to get to know their colleagues from the other Ramboll offices, learn about Ramboll’s Resource groups and broaden their understanding of the Ramboll values and Competitive Platform. Positive feedback on the session was received from the graduates!
(words by Sotira Georgiou)
On the 11th June 2015, a group of Year 10 school girls and teachers visited Ramboll’s London office, and were greeted by three of the London Education Officers, Anish Patel, Alan Roper and Riccardo Pedroni for an afternoon. This school visit is an annual event run between Ramboll and the school, and has proven to be a high success and an enjoyable and insightful afternoon for everyone involved.
The afternoon began with initial icebreakers, followed by a Ramboll Presentation describing the company, values, disciplines and major projects. Following this, representatives from various disciplines; Fire Engineering (Aurelie Pereira), Acoustics (Momo Hoshijima), Geotechnical Engineering (Mona Haghani), Facades (Miriam Butti), Building Services (Amipon Batham), Environmental Consultancy (Rachel Navin), Structural Engineering (Riccardo Pedroni) and Civil Engineering (Alan Roper) delivered short presentations on what they do and how they came to work for Ramboll. As a coincidence the majority of the representatives were female, and feedback after the event showed that the school ‘loved meeting all of the female engineers and hearing their inspiring stories’.
A group task was the set, which was to design a structure as tall as possible from marshmallows and spaghetti, with groups being assigned. The key aspects of this were to gain an engineering knowledge of how high rise structures work in principal, and also key team work and communication skills. The task was well received and an enjoyable end to the day, which was followed by an office tour, and the school have got back in touch regarding continuing the event next year which we hope to again be a success.
Back in September four Ramboll graduates took part in the annual Engineering Education Scheme. The scheme is run annually and aims to encourage more Year 12 students to take up engineering as a career. Ramboll mentored a team of students from Wimbledon High School (WHS), continuing the long-term partnership with the school.
The graduates, James Tearle, Anish Patel, Riccardo Pedroni & Philippe Ayache, set five students from WHS the challenge of designing a new bespoke staircase to form the main focal point of Ramboll’s new office in London.
The students had no experience with engineering before the scheme and were mentored through the 6 month process from September to March. Initially they developed concept ideas and undertook relevant research such as material properties. By Christmas, the team had assessed all their design contributions to the project and developed a design that they all agreed to progress further.
In the New Year the team attended a residential workshop at the University of Surrey. The two days were a valuable experience for the girls as they were able to see laboratory material testing which allowed them to see practically what they had researched about material properties. The team also constructed a scale model of their design so they could better understand how their structure worked.
In April they presented at the regional final at BP Sunbury and were able to explain to the judges the various engineering work that they had undertaken during the scheme. The girls have gone on to present at the regional ‘Big Bang’ competition and have progressed to the National Science and Engineering Competition. Two of the students have also since undertaken work experience placements with Ramboll this summer.