A consulting engineering firm is playing an important role in exposing youth to the field of engineering, and in particular the role of a consulting engineer.

In support of the Mayor of Msunduzi’s ‘Take a girl child to work day’, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Pietermaritzburg office hosted students from Sukuma Secondary School in Imbali and Msumudi High School in Sweetwaters, exposing them to this exciting career path.

Over the course of the day, students were exposed to the office as well as site environment engaging with civil engineers, technologists and technicians.

They gained an insight into the daily duties of a team focused on assisting Government in improving the infrastructure of our country.

A number of the students are part of the firms Saturday Schools Initiative, which is a weekly programme where Engineers and Technicians volunteer their time to tutor matric students in maths and science.

Others were from schools in and around the Pietermaritzburg area. The first part of the day was spent on the development of designs in consultation with government officials.

Thereafter students were taken to a construction site in Greytown, one of a number of sites in the area that aims to eradicate the water shortages in the Umzinyathi district.

These projects demonstrate that Government and engineers are hard at work in an effort to improve our country’s infrastructure.

“The day was a great opportunity to inspire those who may not have considered studying engineering at a tertiary institution,” says Tezren Pandither from Royal HaskoningDHV, chairperson of the company’s young professional chapter.

“Our youth are the leaders of tomorrow and it is up to us to harness and mould their bright future,” concludes Pandither.