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Young Poles tour major UK projects

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POLISH GRADUATE and student engineers have toured the most impressive construction sites in Britain.

A week long programme of visits, talks and presentations, part funded by the British Council, was organised by the North West Association of the Graduates & Students Committee - under their Central & Eastern European Initiative (CEEI).

This was the return visit from a reciprocal CEEI trip last year when six young engineers from the North West spent eight days in Poland.

The guests were welcomed to London with a trip on the London Eye, and a visit to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project, where they heard about the issues faced by Britain's largest construction project.

Arup engineer and event organiser Ben Hargreaves said: 'The Poles appeared very interested in the ICE - of which they have no real equivalent - and our whole continuous professional development system.'

The North West leg of the trip took in UMIST, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and Blackpool, plus a visit to Manchester Stadium, venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Feedback from the Polish engineers is very encouraging as CEEI looks to expand the initiative to other European countries.

INFOPLUS http: //pages. constructionplus.net/ceei

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