Engineering bodies from the UK and China have signed a deal for an employee exchange scheme, with Mott MacDonald announced as the first company to take part.
An employee from the China Railway Construction Company (CRCC) will be joining Mott’s Manchester office next month for a three month placement. It plans to take other Chinese employees and is looking at opportunities for Mott MacDonald staff to work in China
The Employee Exchange Scheme agreement was signed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the China International Contractors Association (CHINCA) at a business event in China today. It aims to develop skills and give each country insights into the other’s infrastructure development. At the same event Mott MacDonald and CRCC also signed a separate memorandum of understanding, covering participation in the CHINCA-ICE exchange scheme and general cooperation on future working.
The deal was signed in front of Chancellor George Osborne as part of his China trip, which has also seen him encourage investors to get involved in High Speed 2 and a £2bn government guarantee to underwrite Chinese investment in Hinkley power station.
Mott MacDonald group chairman Keith Howells said: “We are very pleased to be the hosts of the first exchange with CRRC. Continued collaboration with Chinese companies both in China and abroad is a key part of our strategy. The ICE-CHINCA scheme will build on our existing relationships, enabling further cooperation, and will provide wider benefits to both Mott MacDonald and our Chinese partners.”
ICE director general, Nick Baveystock, said: “China’s interest in UK infrastructure reflects the strength of the UK market. China also has a huge infrastructure programme and high demand for engineering expertise, which UK engineers are keen to support. As such ICE and CHINCA have joined forces to develop a scheme that will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and skills between UK and Chinese companies, and help to pave the way for wider collaboration between the two countries.”