CC Training Academy and CC Group forges research partnership with Massey University

Massey head and CC Group CEO signing the MOU
At the signing of the research MOU between Massey University’s School of Natural and Computational Sciences and CC Group, from left: Prof Dianne Brunton, Head of the school, Liz Thaisen Fitzmaurice, Business Manager for the University’s College of Sciences, Associate Professor (ecology), Weihong Ji, David Serville, Founder and CEO of CC Group, and Dr Achyut Aryal, Director of CC Training Academy.

CC Group and CC Training Academy has entered into a joint venture research agreement with Massey University’s Auckland campus.

A memorandum of understanding between the two organisations will enable Massey science students to study “in the field” with support from CC Group’s companies nationwide.

The emphasis in the MOU, signed on October 30, 2020, defines “research and teaching collaboration between (Massey’s) School of Natural and Computational Sciences (SNCS) and CC Training Academy in the field of environmental and nature conservation.”

CC Group’s workforce of more than 1000 people operates nationwide in the fields of commercial cleaning, building maintenance, grounds and reserves maintenance and removal of unsafe chemicals and asbestos.

Dr Achyut Aryal, director of CC Training Academy, said the opportunities to improve across all of these sectors are continuous.

“To be able to involve students in the group’s research naturally benefits the organisation and gives the students valued field work experience,” he said.

The agreement with Massey includes financial contributions by CC Group over the next decade, which will be allocated in the form of scholarships for specific research projects.

“The opportunities for study across CC Group operations are widely diverse, so Massey tutors and students will be involved in the selection of projects,” said Dr Aryal.

Dr Aryal and other executives from CC Group, will mentor sponsored students and guide their research through co-supervision with their tutors.

Professor Dianne Brunton, Head of Massey’s School of Natural and Computational Sciences, said the agreement is a great opportunity for students to gain real marketplace experience and understand just how they can contribute to society.

“This is a very welcome commitment from a corporate organisation who value the work of universities. I am hopeful that we can grow the relationship and extend the concept with other private sector interests.”

The first research projects under the agreement will be announced early in 2021.