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Forgemasters contributing to Sheffield's higher education

05 May 2009

Sheffield Forgemasters is extending its international reputation to the city's higher education sector in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.

Three groups of post-graduate students, from the Indian sub-continent and China, currently studying for MSc International Business and Management and MSc Globalisation, have undertaken international consultancy projects on behalf of the engineering firm.

The three projects will focus on the decommissioning of nuclear waste in the UK, conducting Forgemasters business in Vietnam and the demand and providers of hyperbaric test chambers for sub-sea component testing, on behalf of Forgemasters subsidiary Vulcan SFM.

Each group will present their findings to key Forgemasters staff in June with a presentation and written submission and then receive feedback from the engineering experts.

Olaf Oldiges, head of construction, development and special projects at German company Gessellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH (GNS), will attend the nuclear waste presentation along with the GNS chief executive.

Kunal Popat, Forgemasters business development and marketing manager, said: "The projects have been very successful to date and the information the groups have gathered will be immensely valuable to the work we are doing right across the company.

"A core part of our business strategy is export sales and key to that is our ability to maintain solid international relationships. Having built considerable expertise in this area, we are always keen to pass on our knowledge to the next generation of engineers.

"These projects further strengthen our affiliation with Sheffield Hallam University and we look forward to working with them again in the future."

Forgemasters offers numerous graduate opportunities and currently employees 62 apprentices among its 800-strong workforce.