Local sixth formers get a taste for engineering

14 September 2015

Sixth Form students from McAuley Catholic School in Cantley, Doncaster took part in an Engineering and Surveying Careers afternoon with Engineering Consultancy, Opus International Consultants (Opus) recently.  

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Opus targets HS2 as approved supplier

1 September 2015

Global infrastructure consultancy, Opus International Consultants (Opus) is now an approved supplier for HS2 and is keen to explore the opportunities generated from this major infrastructure project.

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Opus reports robust group result

18 August 2015

Opus International Consultants (Opus) has reported a robust result for the first six months of 2015. In the half-year ended 30 June 2015, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increased by 40% to $20.0m, and net profit after tax (NPAT) increased by 60% to $15.9m.

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Further appointment for Opus via NPS Framework in Wales

3 August 2015

Opus International Consultants (Opus) has been appointed to provide multi-disciplinary consultancy services for the construction of a new science block at Treorchy Comprehensive School in South Wales.   The current building is outdated and the new block will provide state of the art laboratory facilities for the school’s 1600 pupils.  Civil, structural and geotechnical engineering services will be provided by Opus, with surveying services delivered by Tower Surveys. 

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Opus RNLI Scheme at Mumbles wins ICE Designed in South East Award 2015

3 August 2015

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Following on from Opus’ success last month in the Green Apple awards, we are proud to announce another award win for Mumbles Pier refurbishment and new RNLI Lifeboat Station.  The Institution of Civil Engineers South East England Awards 2015 “Designed in the South East” was presented to Opus, beating off stiff competition from Network Rail’s “AssetCoast”, the much publicised wreck removal of the Costa Concordia and the London Gateway Port in the finals.

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Hat trick for Opus

29 July 2015

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Opus is delighted to have won another award for Leadership & People Development held on the 17 July in York. It was awarded by Constructing Excellence South Yorkshire & Humber. In under a year, this is the third award Opus has won for people development.

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RNLI scheme, BIM project application finalist in British Construction Industry Awards

8 July 2015

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A scheme being designed by Opus International Consultants (Opus) for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) has been shortlisted in the British Construction Industry Awards in the category, BIM project application. 

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Opus’ First UK Leadership Programme

8 July 2015

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Over 20 members of staff from Opus International Consultants (Opus) graduated from the company’s Leadership Programme last month.

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HRH Prince of Wales visits Old Hatfield

22 June 2015

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During a visit to Old Hatfield, His Royal Highness heard from council representatives, including Opus Engineer Juliet Archer-Reeves, about the ongoing work being conducted to improve Hatfield Railway Station and the surrounding area.

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Encouraging young people into industry through Apprenticeships

22 June 2015

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Global Engineering Consultancy, Opus International Consultants (Opus) is promoting apprenticeships as a key focus for encouraging young people into engineering.

This is a key issue in the industry and  Huw Edwards, UK Managing Director said; “We must start by setting the right foundations for a positive flow of new talent into the industry.   It is also our belief that the right balance of diversity and inclusion drives better business performance. We see apprenticeships as a great way to recruit young people into the industry.” 

21 year old Gavin Hallam, who has recently completed an apprenticeship at Opus, is now working as part of Network Rail’s Operational Property Structural Assessment Programme (OPSAP) delivery team, supporting Opus’ Project Manager.  The framework involves inspecting and assessing railway station assets at over 90 stations across the North of England. 

Huw says: “Working on this scheme is providing Gavin with an opportunity to develop important skills, including a grounding in stakeholder management.  There’s plenty of scope to further strengthen his communication skills and feedback from the client is that he is doing an excellent job.”

A focus on apprenticeships at Opus echoes the cadetship scheme which operates across offices in New Zealand. During the last 10 years in New Zealand, 300 young people have joined their programme for school leavers, where they are supported by Opus through a five years training course with the company.    

Prior to starting on the scheme, Gavin worked in Retail after completing his A’ levels and began his apprenticeship as an administrative assistant.   Whilst, proving extremely capable in the role, Gavin expressed an interest in becoming a Technician. 

As his apprenticeship came to an end, Gavin accepted a permanent role which offers the opportunity for him to develop new skills and future training for a career in Engineering.  Gavin explains: “The apprenticeship was a great experience and I’m pleased to have found an area that is of a real interest to me and for which I can develop a career.”  

Joanne Burnett who leads the apprenticeship course at New College Nottingham says: “The Apprenticeship scheme is designed to give young learners the chance of gaining valuable qualifications whilst earning and gaining valuable work experience.  I'm delighted that Gavin has done so well at Opus and really taken on-board what the apprenticeship programme has to offer him now and in his future career.”

Other success stories include Kate Richards (CAD Technician) who joined Opus in 2014 and attends a local Technical College part time, studying for a HNC in Civil Engineering.   We would then like to support Kate to go on to study for a part time degree.  Opus has supported apprentices for many years originally through the Youth Training Scheme (YTS).  It’s pleasing that those who entered the business via this route are still working at Opus, including Jason Davies, who joined with YTS 25 years ago, and is now a IT Systems Administrator. 

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