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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.

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