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.
In his capacity as chairman of Liverpool Vision, ICE president Joe Dwyer rounded off the visit by chatting to the seven young engineers for three hours about the process of revitalising depressed urban areas.
On arrival the guests were formally welcomed to the country with an evening in London and a trip on the London Eye.
The following morning they visited the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project, where they heard a full presentation covering all the issues faced by the largest construction project in Britain.
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.'
Before they could catch their breath, the visitors embarked on the North West leg of their trip - taking in UMIST, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and Blackpool.
They also visited the venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the City of Manchester Stadium.
Feedback from the Polish engineers is very encouraging as they look to expand the initiative to other European countries on the back of this exchange's success, recognising the educational and cultural benefits.
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