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Jowitt’s apprentices launch new toolkit

Event at Great George Street draws a crowd

Outgoing ICE president Paul Jowitt and his 12 apprentices launched a new resource to help engineers plan and deliver infrastructure for international development at Great George Street last week.

The online toolkit was produced by Jowitt’s apprentices over the past year.

It poses questions, provides advice and sets out possible responses to the challenges throughout project delivery, including policy, planning, implementation and the in-use stage.

Speaking at the event at One Great George Street, Jowitt told an audience of MPs, industry representatives and academics that he was proud of the toolkit and hoped it would be a valuable resource for the generations of engineers to come.

“Civil engineers have a vital role to play in promoting sustainable development,” he said.

“We can literally build the world out of poverty and away from an environmental crisis with carefully planned and developed infrastructure. This toolkit is a guide on how to achieve this balance at every stage of delivering infrastructure projects worldwide.”

Jowitt’s apprentices visited and studied a number of infrastructure development projects in Africa and attended a series of training workshops.

They were tutored by several leading industry professionals in the UK, South Africa and at UNESCO in Paris to help them formulate the final toolkit.

Actor Bill Nighy, who supports international development as an Oxfam ambassador, praised the initiative, saying: “Engineering is at the heart of most human endeavour, and to integrate it in this way to specifically address the problems of the developing world is admirable and to be encouraged.

“I salute this brilliant and original idea.”

  • View the full toolkit at

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