Build your skills and a civil engineering career will come

An apprenticeship is a fantastic way to kick start your career in civil engineering, combining learning while working and earning

What is civil engineering?

Civil engineering is everything you see that’s been built around us. Civil engineers are problem solvers who design the world we live in.

When you wake up in the morning and turn on the tap have you ever wondered how the water gets into your house? Civil engineers design water filtration and supply systems to provide us with safe water to drink, cook, wash and clean with.

But it doesn’t stop there: civil engineers design and build roads and railways, bridges and tunnels, sports stadiums, airports, offices, hospitals, energy supply systems, flood defences, and so much more.

Engineering a better future

Civil engineers will be essential in aiding the global recovery as governments turn to infrastructure investment as a way to boost economic growth. 

“Before the world was hit by Covid-19 we had a shortage of skills and talent to deliver environmentally important and engineering critical projects. This need for talent has not gone away in light of the current humanitarian crisis, it has potentially increased,” said Mark Naysmith, UK and South Africa chief executive officer at WSP recently.

Stephen Fox, MBE and chief executive of BAM Nuttall, added: “The current government has shown clear commitment to ramping up infrastructure spending, with significant additional funding being committed. We are seeing growth in rail, highways, flood alleviation and power in particular. We expect the government to want to accelerate spending and to be looking for those projects that can start on site the soonest.”

You will be joining an industry that needs you and ICE will prepare you for the professional challenges that lie ahead. The Institution of Civil Engineers’s (ICE) internationally recognised professional qualifications will ensure you stand tall above the rest. 

Kick-start your career

An apprenticeship is a fantastic way to kick start your career in civil engineering, combining learning while working and earning. ICE has approved five trailblazer apprenticeship standards that have been designed so that apprentices reach the right level to achieve professional qualification on completion of their apprenticeship.

As an apprentice, you will work on real projects that transform lives, acquiring job-specific skills and a recognised qualification. You will gain invaluable experience from knowledgeable colleagues and tutors and earn as you learn. ICE is uniquely placed to assist you as a civil engineering apprentice on your journey: delivering support and guidance to you, your employer and training provider so that you get the maximum benefit from these exciting programmes, seeing you through to becoming a professionally qualified civil engineer.

Find out more about what civil engineers do.

Also, did you know?

  • Civil engineers earn an average salary of £46,369*
  • Civil engineers are in demand across the UK and the world
  • Professionally qualified engineers have high status similar to doctors and lawyers 

Why not take a closer look at a career in civil engineering and one day, you could stand back and say to your family and friends, “I built that.”

*All data from The Engineer Salary Survey 2019

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