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IGS Foundation Funds Work Experience

Engineering students can gain real world geosynthetics experience more easily thanks to the IGS Foundation (IGSF).

The IGSF, a charitable body launched last year to assist the IGS’s educational efforts, is providing funding to support the growth of the IGS Job Shadowing initiative.

Under the IGS Young Members Committee scheme, eligible students are paired with IGS corporate members to either spend a day shadowing an engineer, or have a virtual two-hour meeting with them. Each IGS chapter can implement the program as they wish, enriching the learning experience and career opportunities for their young members.

The project is just one of the ways the IGSF is supporting global initiatives to widen the understanding and adoption of geosynthetics. It follows funding of 19 student places at last year’s virtual GeoAmericas 2020 conference.

IGSF Secretary-Treasurer Boyd Ramsey said: “Education forms the beating heart of the IGSF mission, so we’re delighted to be able to help fund further training opportunities. On-the-job experience is vital to give current and future users a greater understanding of geosynthetics applications and potential. I wish these training programs every success and encourage chapters to apply to take part.”

The IGS website and social channels will be updated in due course with information for chapters interested in implementing a Job Shadowing program.

If you have a project or proposal that could benefit from an IGSF grant, visit the ‘Request For Funding’ page for criteria and submission requirements.

Current and new donors to the IGSF still have a chance to be Founding donors by donating by December 31, 2021.

For more, and to donate, visit the website or email Boyd Ramsey at