Technician awards and competitions

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Make the most of your ICE technician membership by applying for awards and competitions. They're a great way of adding to your CPD and helping you to make your mark.

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Use the tabs below to find out more about the awards available to newly qualified technician members.

Jean Venables Medal

This award promotes the role of newly qualified engineering technicians.

Candidates are put forward by their reviewers for showing exceptional qualities in their Technician Professional Review. Three are shortlisted and asked to present a project report to a judging panel.

The winner receives £500 and is presented with the Jean Venables Medal at ICE's Annual Awards Ceremony.

Jean Venables was ICE President from 2009 to 2010. She made a great contribution to raising the profile of technician members in her time as president, and still works hard promoting them.

This year's final

This year's final will took place at One Great George Street on 21 January 2016. Three candidates were shortlisted and presented their review project reports to a judging panel at the final.

Lloyd Clough

Lloyd Clough
Lloyd Clough EngTech MICE

Lloyd emerged as this year's winners and works as a Technician for Morrish Consulting Engineers. He carries out structural designs and details CAD drawings, including models for analysis on larger projects. He is also a STEM ambassador working with local schools and colleges.

Lloyd is currently studying for a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, part-time, at London South Bank University.

A thrilled Lloyd said: "this is a fantastic benchmark in my engineering career so far and a huge stepping stone to what I hope will be a successful career in what I love doing."

Callum O'Connell

Callum O'Connell
Callum O'Connell EngTech MICE

Callum works as a Highways Technician for Arup. He delivers innovative cost effective and safe engineering solutions to meet the client's requirements. He mentors others within the team in preparation for Professional Review.

Callum is very proud and delighted to have been nominated for the Jean Venables medal. He says, "It is inspiring that ICE award this medal to give ambitious Engineering Technicians recognition for their professional achievement."

Bethany Holroyd

Bethany Holroyd
Bethany Holroyd EngTech MICE

Bethany works as a Structures Civil Engineering Technician and Harbours Asset Manager for The Moray Council in the Scottish Highlands. She carries out bridge inspections, project manages construction projects within Structures and Harbours and manages the Harbours Asset Management System.

She was the first apprentice in the UK to complete the Civil Engineering Advanced Technician Apprenticeship in 2012. In 2014 completed an HNC in Civil Engineering and Level 5 NVQ in construction management.

Bethany says, "I am very humbled to be nominated and would like to thank everyone throughout the beginning of my career journey who have supported me."

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If you've got a question about the Jean Venables Medal, or aren't sure about something then let us know.

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Meet a previous winner - Gareth Davies

"I was shocked and elated to have found myself the winner of the Jean Venables medal. It demonstrates my competence as an engineer within the construction industry, opening doors allowing me to further my career. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my review allowing me to become a technician member of the ICE."

Eloise Plunkett Award

If you’re a newly qualified female member or technician based in the UK, you can apply for this award. It offers up to £2,500 for travel with a civil engineering focus.

This award is named in memory of Eloise Plunkett, a young civil engineer with a passion for travel and civil engineering, who tragically died in 2002.

In the tradition of Eloise’s adventures, and due to the continued and generous support of the Plunkett family this award is given to support civil engineering travel plans that are particularly innovative.

Travel must take place between April and December in the year of application.

Find out more / apply

Applications are open between July and January each year.

To apply, you'll need to complete the application form and submit a completed reference form to by 27 January 2017. This applies to travel between April and December 2017.

Begin your application today

Previous winners

  • 2015 - Harriet Kirk travelled to central Africa
  • 2014 - Divindy Grant travelled to South America
  • 2013 - Kate Cooksey travelled to North America

If you have any questions, please contact the QUEST Coordinator on +44 (0)20 7665 2114 or at

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If you've got a question about the Eloise Plunkett Award, or aren't sure about something then let us know.

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Meet a recent winner - Jane Hancock

Jane Hancock
Jane Hancock, winner of the 2016 Eloise Plunkett Award

Jane will travel to Nepal, where she intends to volunteer to support the 2015 earthquake response and long term rebuild; managing projects to rebuild schools and provide essential amenities to affected communities.

She hopes this will help her understand different approaches to civil engineering, provide help and advice, promote civil engineering and ICE and build greater personal resilience and leadership skills.

Jane has a great sense of adventure and previously travelled to Uganda, building a grain store in Uganda for an all-female farming co-operative.