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Morgan Sindall leads recruitment of best young civil engineers through ICE Quest programme


We have welcomed 18 ambitious undergraduates to our Quest annual scholarship programme providing them with inspiration and guidance as they embark on Civil Engineering degrees.

Developed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Quest aims to encourage students to choose a career in civil engineering and has been inspiring future generations for over 40 years. Morgan Sindall has supported over 100 students and is currently the largest patron of the scheme.

Over the course of the next four years, the scholars will undertake placements around the business gaining first-hand work experience of the industry. During their time with the company, they will be mentored by a member of the previous Quest cohort and a chartered supervising civil engineer.

Simon Smith, Morgan Sindall’s Infrastructure managing director, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome our latest Quest scholars to the business and provide them with a head-start into the industry. After 10 years of being a part of this scheme, it’s fantastic to see how Quest scholars from previous years are continuing to develop their careers with us and I wish our latest cohort well as they join the Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure family.”

Tony O’Donnell, the company’s engineering director, said: “I am incredibly proud of what these young people achieve. Our Quest scheme offers scholars the opportunity to work on some exciting high-profile and major civil engineering projects across all of our sectors. They undertake highly responsible roles from their first undergraduate placements and; when they graduate they progress quickly in their early careers. I’m pleased to say that in recent years we have seen an increase in women amongst our Quest cohort where we now typically have a 50/50 representation of men and women scholars.”

Freya Buchan, Quest Scholar, said: “I am really excited about working with Morgan Sindall, learning about the industry and the prospects that lie ahead. I have been impressed by how closely they work with their Quest scholars so I’m eager to get the best out of the experience.”

Applications for the 2019 Quest Scholarship open in March. For more information please visit