People & Careers roundup

A new exhibition, called Engineer Your Future, will open at the Science Museum on 17 December. Visitors will be able to put their problem solving skills to the test and get inspired by engineering through the use fun, interactive gaming and digital experiences that bring to life the skills engineers use every day. And they will hear some of the fascinating stories from women and men who work in engineering today. Engineer Your Future is supported by National Grid, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, ABB, BT, EDF Energy, IBM, Mott MacDonald, and Network Rail, with additional support from the Royal Academy of Engineering and Tomorrow’s Engineers.

Mark Thurston has been appointed as the European managing director for CH2M HILL taking over from Mark Fallon, who now serves as the corporate vice president for facilities & urban environments. Thurston previously served as CH2M HILL’s director of operations for Europe based at its regional headquarters in London, United Kingdom. He has spent the majority of the last three years managing the Programme Partner joint venture known as Transcend on the Crossrail project in London. has revealed the top 100 firms that offer internships, as voted for by students - and a third of them are engineering businesses. Mott MacDonald ranks number five and Atkins number six. Read more at

Twenty percent more construction workers, totalling 600,000, will be needed to deliver the planned £96bn of projects in London and the South East during the next four years. A new report by London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and KPMG warns that training levels need to double to plug the gaps and predicts biting skills shortages by next April.

Antony Martin from Southwark became the 500th trainee to emerge from the Thameslink Programme’s London Bridge Skills Academy set up in 2013 to train and develop engineers working on the £6.5bn scheme.

The Big Bang Fair is looking for volunteers for its events in 2015. The flagship event, The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair will be held at The NEC in Birmingham on 11 – 14 March 2015. But there is also a programme The Big Bang Near Me events which take place across the UK to enable young people to discover close to home the exciting and rewarding science and engineering careers. Find out more about volunteering at