Graduate engineering programme begins at decommissioning consultancy

Renowned for professional development and raising the bar in the decommissioning sector, RVA Group has kickstarted its own graduate programme for 2023.

Hamza Kazi has joined the demolition consultancy, following the successful completion of his studies with Lancaster University in 2021. Having graduated during the pandemic with a 2:1 with honours in mechanical engineering, the 24 year old – from Blackburn – has commenced his new role by joining RVA’s decommissioning engineers on a current project in Runcorn. Here, the team is working on the ongoing demolition and asset management of a globally renowned chemical manufacturing facility, however Hamza’s position is likely to take him all over the country – and even perhaps overseas – as his three-year training plan advances.

Despite the role having attracted significant interest when advertised, Hamza was the stand-out candidate, believes RVA’s senior project manager and lead of the graduate programme, Chris Long. 

“Like Hamza, I graduated from University with a bachelor of engineering, and have since complemented my learnings with a range of increasingly senior on-the-job responsibilities,” Chris explained. “You don’t open a textbook and become proficient in the decommissioning discipline – it takes years of first-hand experience, and in truth a commitment to ongoing professional development. However, we saw some stand-out qualities during Hamza’s interview process, and I look forward to working closely with him, as he grows and puts his knowledge to good use in our industry.”

Hamza added: “This role aligned with exactly what I’ve been looking for. For as long as I can remember I’ve been passionate about engineering, understanding the component parts of how things work, and using my problem-solving skills to address mechanical challenges. The opportunity to really put my skills to the test – for an organisation with a truly global, best-in-class reputation – is everything I could have hoped for, for the start of my career. 

“I also love to travel and look forward to seeing exactly what I’m capable of, as I explore the nuances of decommissioning, across different manufacturing sectors, and hopefully in all parts of the world.”

RVA is a vocal advocate of nurturing up-and-coming talent, so believes in providing enriching knowledge transfer opportunities not just for existing demolition engineers, but the decommissioning sector’s next generation of professionals too.

Offering a final thought, operations director Matthew Waller concluded: “We encourage all businesses throughout our supply chain to think about the talent pipeline. There is no denying that this is a complex environment, but with demand for decommissioning, decontamination, dismantling and demolition expertise rising, now is the perfect time to strengthen our team. Hamza will learn an incredible amount, shadowing Chris and the team, and I look forward to watching his progress.”