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BBV returns to quest for excellence

CONSULTANT BINNIE Black & Veatch plans to send its graduate engineers back to college to study MSc courses to raise its in-house technical expertise.

The firm has also shaken up its career development structure to ensure that its best engineers are rewarded with promotions.

The move comes alongside the ICE's own plans to improve post- graduate training by encouraging engineers to take full MBA qualifications (News last week).

BBV managing director Lawrence Hughes said he was driving the initiative because he wants the firm to regain its reputation as a leading technical consultancy.

BBV was formed after the merger between consultant Binnie & Partners and US fee contractor Black & Veatch in 1995.

'Binnie had such a strong reputation for its technical approach to the consulting side, but over the past few years it has allowed itself to be shuffled with the pack,' said Hughes.

His plan is to rotate graduate staff between BBV and college to increase technical competence. The firm also plans to sponsor research and is even considering sponsoring a chair at one of the universities.

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