New education and industry partnership to address construction industry skills gap 


Wiltshire College has announced the launch of a new partnership with one of the South West’s largest civil engineering companies which will help to train a new generation of civil engineers.

The M J Church Civil Engineering Academy will open to students in September 2016 at the college’s new Chippenham campus and will train young people in a variety of careers in the construction industry.

The Academy will offer a two-year nationally recognised programme in Civil Engineering providing industry skills in highway construction; design in construction and civil engineering; quantity surveying and project management in construction and the built environment.

Steve Blower, Managing Director of M J Church, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Wiltshire College.

“The construction industry has a serious skills shortage and one of the main contributors to this is the lack of young people entering the industry.

“M J Church and Wiltshire College see a solution to this problem is to open up to young people the exciting career routes that the construction industry has to offer.”

Wiltshire College Principal Amanda Burnside said: “This ground-breaking new partnership will enable students to experience real working environments as well as participating in masterclasses from industry.

“Students will gain experience through high quality work placements and challenging practical and theoretical workshops and study which will equip them with the wider skills the sector requires.”

On successful completion of the course, students will be given the opportunity to apply for M J Church positions, gain employment in similar organisations or progress onto university or other higher level study.

Potential students can apply to the Academy by visiting


Star Award 

On 2nd October 2015, Jim Weedon, Network Rail Director presented a team from M J Church with the Star Award for Safety on Site.

Star Award

The award followed an audit. Some of the feedback we received was:

“There has clearly been a lot of hard work by all to get the site up to its current standard and we need to now maintain this level going forward. We were all impressed with the guys working onsite. As well as the way they conducted themselves onsite their input and contributions in the Safety Bus was brilliant to witness.”

Well done to all concerned.


A350 Bypass Improvements – work starting 6th July 2015 

The next phase of work to the Chippenham A350 Bypass to improve the traffic flows planned to start on the 6th July 2015. For the first 12 days investigation, site clearance and preparatory works will take place in readiness for night time closures on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of July.

Traffic management will then be in place with narrow lanes and a 30 mph limit for a length of approximately 1,500 metres starting south of Bumpers Farm roundabout and ending north of Brook roundabout. There will be occasional night works and various lane switches throughout the 36 weeks the works are programmed for. M J Church will work closely with Wiltshire Council to minimise the impact on traffic and yourselves and ask for your cooperation and understanding.

If you would like to see what the work will entail and discuss any aspect with the designers and construction teams, you are invited to a “Drop in” session at Chippenham Rugby Club between 3pm and 7pm on Monday, 6th July where tea and biscuits will be provided.

If you have a question but cannot make it on that day please e mail our public liaison officer on

Here are the plans showing where the work will be taking place:

South of Bumpers Roundabout Section

Bumpers Brook roundabout general arrangement

North to Brook Roundabout section

Bumpers to Brook roundabout diversionary signing scheme

Further information:

Once the works start there will be a contact number given on the site information boards which you will be able to call if you have any further enquiries.

For further information you can also visit Wiltshire Councils website;

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  • Kawasaki Golf Classic

    Following a strong response after the announcement of the inaugural Kawasaki Golf Classic in support of motocross rider, Mark Hucklebridge and the Forever Friends Appeal of the Royal United Hospital (RUH), plans have now moved to the next stage.

    With a stellar motocross career, 35 year old Mark’s achievements set him aside as one of the most impressive riders of his generation. Recently diagnosed with inoperable cancer, the former Kawasaki Team Green rider has dedicated himself to raising funds for the RUH via their Forever Friends Appeal.

    With an event date of 16 July and the Reading Golf Club making its plans to prepare the course, tournament manager, Richard Metcalfe of Kawasaki Motors UK, is going about the business of making team places available to groups of players from the off-road world and wider business community.

    “Already we have interest expressed in half of the team places”, remarked Metcalfe. “Likewise a good number of the holes and other sponsorship opportunities have been spoken for. However, we are now at the crucial stage where we push forward to close out all the playing spots and other chances to contribute to this great cause”.

    With Kawasaki having already played a role in one of the largest fund raising activities in support of Hucklebridge and the Forever Friends Appeal, the Kawasaki Golf Classic is moving things forward another step according to Metcalfe.

    “We supported the efforts of the Marshfield Club at their annual Mike Brown memorial event recently where a considerable sum was raised. Now the challenge is to add further to those efforts in aid of the work that the RUH do with cancer patients like Mark.

    So far support has been considerable and I would urge anyone who is interested in participating to look at the details on the dedicated web site at and contact me to book their place.

    We are determined to make this an amazing day’s golf and, equally, a significant contributor to Mark’s chosen charity. So please download the entry form that’s on the web site and call me to ensure you are part of what will be a memorable event.

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  • Vacancies in the Contracting Division

    MJ Church, a Wiltshire based Civil Engineering and Earthworks Contractor is currently recruiting for Gangers, Groundworkers and Labourers.

    You must hold a CSCS / CPCS Card (please do not apply if you do not have this).

    Other tickets – Dumper, Roller etc are desirable.

    Full and clean driving licence required as role will require some travel.

    We offer competitive pay rates.

    Please call Charlie on 07557 770667 during office hours to register your interest.

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