Leading global building products manufacturer, Sika, is offering engineering and architecture students once-in-a-lifetime work experience at top locations around the world as part of an initiative to provide them with a real hands-on glimpse of their future careers.
Experience competition features six key themes - Resources, Mobility, Wind, Water, Climate and Solar - underlining the company’s position as a diverse and innovative company at the forefront of modern construction.
After answering a range of questions and giving their details, entrants are placed in a prize draw – with Sika
donating $25 to sustainable projects for every serious application received. The winning candidates go on a specially tailored two week work experience programme aimed at sharpening their knowledge in the category they have applied for.
The Resources and Mobility categories have already taken place, with the winning students – drawn from across the globe, including New Zealand, Romania, Italy, Thailand and China – visiting Switzerland to see Sika’s production centres first hand and chat to the company’s technicians before touring some of the top engineering spots in Europe including Paris, London and Munich.
The winners are led on their adventure by a project leader and coordinator, both seasoned professionals from Sika
who are able to answer the variety of questions that the winning students have.
Yaobo from China, one of the winners of the Mobility Experience, commented: “The 10 day trip was an unforgettable experience. I learnt a lot from all the technical presentations, visits to production plants and very patient explanations from Sika
’s staff! It was great to be in different countries and experience diverse cultures. Big thanks to everyone involved!”
Aspiring engineers and architects can apply right now for the Water section of the scheme. Featuring visits to Switzerland, Germany and an emerging country in either Southern Europe or the Middle East, it will give the winning contestants the chance to examine water management in detail – as well as some all important sightseeing. The Solar experience is also open for applications, with the deadline for applications on the 30th July.
2010 is a big year for Sika
as it marks the company’s centenary, making it a perfect time for the Sika
Experience to celebrate the construction professionals of the future and promote the profession at the highest level. Alongside the student competition, Sika
is also running an appeal to support sustainable projects in deprived communities – and matching every donation made.