Posted Wednesday 11 November 2015
Kingston University has signed a flagship agreement with leading infrastructure support service provider Amey Plc that is set to build on the long-standing tradition of collaboration between the two organisations.
The University has a strong history of working with industry to develop the talented workforce and leaders of the future which will fuel economic growth - both in Britain and internationally. By working more closely with Amey, the University hopes to support the company and also create new employment and training opportunities for its students and alumni.
As a Kingston alumnus himself, Amey Chief Executive Mel Ewell has experienced first-hand the benefits of a degree education from the University. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Geography in 1981 he began his career in sales roles before climbing the career ladder, first at logistics company TNT and then at ADI Group. Mr Ewell joined Amey in 2001 and as Chief Executive has successfully guided the company to the forefront of the private finance initiative and public-private partnership market.
Amey is one of the largest and most diverse companies working for the public and regulated sectors in the United Kingdom. The company's ultimate aim is to create better places for people to live, work and travel. This encompasses more than 120 different service activities ranging from airport infrastructure, environmental solutions, utilities and drainage to prisoner and patient transportation, waste collection, asset management and street lighting.
Mr Ewell said the new partnership with Kingston University marked Amey's continued commitment to investing in graduates and young talent. "As a business, we believe that there are huge benefits from having close and direct links with the University with its diverse and talented student population," he explained. "We will be actively working together to encourage young talent to consider career options within our industry. This will not only help us to reduce the skills gap in key sectors such as engineering, but will also bring substantial benefits to our business, clients and the wider economy."
Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg said the activity with Amey would enhance students' learning experience and provide an insight in to professional practice. "This partnership is a model of how industry and universities should work together," he added. "Everyone wins when we understand each other's business."