Comment and opinion
For most of the last two centuries, the solution to infrastructure reaching capacity or becoming life expired was to build more of it: more roads, more railway lines, more water treatment works and power stations. But in recent decades it has become clear that we can’t always build our way out of our most complex challenges.
At Costain we understand that for our business to be successful it has to operate sustainably over the long term. To do that, we need a workforce that is safe, well-motivated, productive, and who feel enthusiastic and passionate about what we do.
Innovation should continue to play a vital role throughout the life of a project, from initial discussions through to completion. How, however, can we ensure that a healthy attitude towards innovation runs throughout the life of the contract? We have started to tackle what is a very complex subject through a new consortium consisting of Costain, international law firm Pinsent Masons and the University of Cambridge, with funding from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.
I’ve been with Costain since 1990, when I did my industrial year at university, then graduated in 1992....
We live in a world where we expect to receive a service on time and with minimal inconvenience. For the likes of John Lewis and Amazon, this is at the heart of everything they do to outperform their competition — and we have now all come to expect this type of service when we interact with organisations.
The power industry is facing some big challenges over the next five to 15 years. With almost half of the UK’s energy and utility workforce expected to retire by 2023, we actively need to be attracting enough younger people into the sector with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to fill the skills gap.
Even the best innovators have to stop and think! Costain Blue Innovation Futures is Costain’s opportunity in the year to think outside its current focus and have a look at what innovations are out in the market. By providing an opportunity for senior people in the business to review innovation, they are able to make connections very quickly and accelerate innovation into the business.