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Job Shadow Program Launch For IGS Morocco

Three talented students from the National School of Mines of Rabat (ENSMR) got a taste of working life thanks to the IGS Job Shadowing Program.

The Program, funded by the IGS Foundation, launched in September 2022 as a means to give the next

generation of engineers real world experience in a geosynthetics environment while offering companies access to fresh talent. With funding support from the Foundation, IGS Morocco was the latest Chapter to facilitate the scheme.

Second year engineering students Diae Saffi, Aichatou Dadoune and Ahmed Zarough, were hosted by Afitexinov Geosynthetics. It began with an introduction to geosynthetics followed by a site visit to a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining wall in Rabat.

Hamza Mridakh, senior committee member at IGS Morocco and assistant professor at ENSMR, said: “We started the day in the ENSMR classroom with a general overview presentation on geosynthetics, their application, benefits and some design tips. The students were also able to look through a product samplebook to bring the presentation to life.

Prof. Ahmed Hamza Mridakh, Aichatou Dadoune, Ahmed Zarough, Diae Saffi, Mr. Youness Bessam

“We then took a field trip to a project near Rabat to examine some construction aspects of an MSE wall. It was the students’ first field trip so it was a unique opportunity for them to experience a new side in geotechnical engineering application, in addition to building their professional network for future opportunities.

“As chairman for the IGS Young Members Committee for the Africa and Middle East region, it was incredibly rewarding to see these students make the most of this opportunity, and our thanks must go to the IGS Foundation for providing funding support to help make it happen.”

Student Diae said: “This invaluable experience provided me with practical insights into geosynthetic applications in my field. As a future geotechnical engineer I am confident that geosynthetics will play a significant role in my work.”

Fellow undergraduate Aichatou said: “Job shadowing is an amazing opportunity to better understand geosynthetics and build your network. This experience has inspired me to do more research on geosynthetics so I can use them in the future.”

Youness Bessam, Afitexinov Geosynthetics’ chief technical and business development manager for Morocco, said the IGS Job Shadowing Program was a unique opportunity for the company to share their expertise.

He added: “We are keen to have more students visit us as part of the IGS Job Shadowing Program, to contribute to the development of geosynthetics applications in Africa. We will also invite Ahmed, Diae and Aichatou to return for a separate additional field visit in the future so they can continue to develop their knowledge on the use of geosynthetics.”

Find out more about launching the IGS Job Shadowing Program in your Chapter or region here.

Learn more about IGS Morocco here.