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During the week of our College Employability sessions, our Level 3 Engineering students took part in a Crisis Management workshop led by Andy Gillman MBE, the Outreach Programme Director at UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). 

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The topic of the workshop was on fast-moving crisis situation overseas; from which our students worked in groups and utilised their engineering knowledge to address the situation.

After the group activity, for the follow-up exercise, our students had to present their strategy by the adopting the roles of members of the Government; in which they answered questions in a press conference on handling the crisis situation.

The workshop exercise made a lasting impression on two of our students and inspired them to consider engineering jobs with the Ministry of Defence.

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Ruth Persada said, “I felt that the workshop by Andy was very useful, as I learned about the types of Crisis’s that happen around the world, along with the strategies and problem-solving tactics to manage a major Crisis situation. Most importantly I learnt how to cooperate with others when working in a team. Coming away from the workshop, it has given me skills in problem-solving, which I could use in my future career as a Civil Engineer. Overall, I enjoyed the workshop very much, as I have gained the confidence to engage with other people on teamwork situations.”

Benaiah Cooper said “the workshop was interesting and gave me a good insight into issues in politics are dealt with. It was exciting to work in a team to figure out how to resolve problems and use skills that will help me in future employment. Overall, it was a great experience and very memorable.

Neil Dickson, Curriculum Manager for Construction & Engineering said “Andrew’s workshop was a great activity for our students, as it has opened their eyes into one organisation with a strong engineering operation and also consider their future progression after completion of their course at Merton College.

For more information about our Engineering courses visit: https://www.merton.ac.uk/courses-list/full-part/engineering