As an apprentice you ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships combine part-time study (usually at a local college or university) with a job. You can build up technical skills and industry knowledge and your employer pays for your courses.
With government encouragement big engineering employers have significantly boosted the number of apprenticeships available. They run from 2 years for Level 3 apprenticeships (equivalent to the A-levels) or 5 years for degree level apprenticeships.
At the end of your apprenticeship you should be in a full-time, permanent job, have an industry recognised qualification and no student fee debt.
You can approach engineering companies direct for apprenticeship opportunities. Or, go to the ‘Find out more about apprenticeships’ section below.
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Level 3 apprenticeships develop your academic knowledge and give you on-the-job experience. Study for BTEC Level 3 (classroom-based learning) and be able to get an NVQ or ICE’s own Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians (based on what you learn at work).
Beyond level 3 you could progress to a higher or degree apprenticeship which normally includes an HND, HNC, foundation degree or bachelor’s degree.
Apprenticeships to look at include:
- The Railway Engineering Design Technician Apprenticeship
- The Civil Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
- The Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship
- The Construction Site Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
- The Civil Engineer Site Manager Degree Apprenticeship
For these apprenticeships, ICE will carry out the End-Point Assessment in combination with the appropriate professional review. This enables apprentices to gain professionally qualified membership of ICE and registration with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) at the end of their course.
Choose between a Foundation, Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship depending on whether you wish to study in school or in work. Modern Apprenticeships can be used to progress onto degree level Graduate Apprenticeships.
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ICE is co-ordinating a consortium of civil engineering employers under the Work+ Civil Engineering Apprenticeships scheme, which offers apprenticeships that can lead to EngTech, IEng or CEng.
Whilst you are applying to an employer through Workplus you must apply directly to the training providers to secure your place on the apprenticeship course. Apply for Courses Below