A distinction above the rest: Apprentice Max achieves highest score in assessors’ history
Structural Soils apprentice, Max Battle, not only recently completed his apprenticeship at the Structural Soils laboratory in Hemel Hempstead, UK, with a Distinction, but he was also awarded the highest ever vocational competence discussion (VCD) score in the history of the assessing organisation, Marshall Assessment!
This incredible achievement means that Max has attained the highest VCD score out of hundreds of apprentices across the UK. “This is great testament to Max’s ability as a technician, his maturity as a person, and the support he has received from the team at work,” commented a representative from the apprenticeship training provider, Youthforce.
Structural Soils Managing Director Stephen Mackereth said, “What a fantastic accolade. Max has put a huge amount of work and dedication into his apprenticeship. We thank him for taking this so seriously and for engaging with the process so fully. I wish him all the very best and trust that we can offer him a sound, stable and rewarding career path going forward.
“Thank you also to all the team in the Hemel Hempstead laboratory who supported Max through his training. It is great to know we have such committed people in the business and to see again that the apprenticeship scheme has been a success for the individual, the employing company and the facilitators of the scheme.”
Central Alliance appoints new Ground Investigation Director
RSK business Central Alliance, the UK’s leading provider of pre-construction services, has appointed Ben Swallow as a new Director in its expanding Geo department.
Ben joins Central Alliance from WYG, where he was an Associate Director responsible for its UK-based ground investigation (GI) operations from 2017. Ben has a wealth of time-served operational, commercial, and business development experience gained over 20 years of managing GI across the UK. He has been instrumental in the successful tendering and delivery of GI under various public sector frameworks including for Highways England, United Utilities, Transport Scotland and Construction and Procurement Delivery (CPD) in Northern Ireland. Ben has been involved with numerous high-profile GI projects that have been recognised at industry award ceremonies. He has an excellent understanding of key customers and target markets and ensures their business needs are met and their business is retained.
Craig White, Joint Managing Director of Central Alliance, said, “Ben will be a significant asset for Central Alliance, as he brings with him an impressive range of operational and management experience, which will support our existing customers and help the organisation to open up new business opportunities. We are really pleased to welcome him to the team – someone with Ben’s experience will be a great asset to the company.”
As well as his specific GI credentials, Ben is an active member of the British Drilling Association (BDA), the UK trade association committed to improving standards in health and safety and quality of workmanship in the drilling industry. He has also taken responsibility for technical skills development and health and safety groups in previous roles, thus making him the perfect candidate to represent Central Alliance on the BDA’s Technical and Standards sub-committee.
RSK Geosciences promotes new Technical Director
RSK Geosciences is delighted to announce that Dr Thiruchelvam Navaneethan (Nava) has been promoted to Technical Director. Nava, based in Hemel Hempstead, UK, has worked at RSK for the past 17 years and has extensive experience in geotechnical consultancy, including design and analysis, project management and geotechnical investigations. He has been promoted from his previous position as Associate Technical Director in recognition of his work in developing RSK’s Geotechnical Consultancy Group.
Nava’s new position comes at an exciting time of growth for RSK Geosciences. In recent years, Nava has successfully put together a new geotechnical design team to create designs for many types of both temporary and permanent geotechnical structures, such as retaining walls, slopes, embankments on soft ground, crane bases and pile mats. Working closely with RSK businesses such as KMG, Acies, Ian Farmer Associates and Ecologia, the team can provide services related to foundation design and checks, temporary and permanent work design, soft-ground engineering and numerical modelling.
Nava says, “From being employed as RSK’s first geotechnical engineer 17 years ago to now taking on the role of technical director, it has been a great journey, and it is fantastic to see RSK’s geotechnical department grow. I am excited to continue developing RSK’s geotechnical services and hope that we can become one of the biggest geotechnical consultancy teams in the UK.”