This year there was a change to the President's Apprentice Scheme. Applicants choose to work on their choice of seven projects, which are integral to ICE's Business Plan and will have an impact on the industry.
Sir John, with the help of the project managers, through shortlisting and phone interviews, chose the following six candidates to be his apprentices for the year.
In addition to working alongside ICE staff members on their chosen projects, they will be spending some quality time with Sir John.
Graduate Civil Engineer
Project: Representing the next generation on the Engineering Collection Working Group.
Transport for London (TfL)
Project: Development of "This is Civil Engineering" public awareness campaign.
After graduating from Cardiff University I began working as a design engineer with Ferrovial before moving to the 'Transport for London' Graduate Scheme. The ICE has been my window to learn, see and experience the vast world of engineering outside my office.
Being the President's Apprentice is my chance to help shape that window. Working with Sir John Armitt I want to influence how engineers interact with the Government and the Public.
Project: State of the Nation 2016
After graduating from the University of Sheffield in 2013, I joined Skanska Civil Engineering and have since worked on a variety of high profile projects including the M25 smart motorway and Crossrail. Desperate to return to the North, I moved to Manchester last year to work on the 'Northern Hub'.
Working in construction means that my employment (and even the place I call "home") is linked to infrastructure investment. No surprise, therefore that I have a strong interest in exploring how civil engineers can be involved in the discussions that influence how the world around us is shaped.
Devon County Council
Project: State of the Nation 2016
I graduated from the University of Exeter in 2013 and have since obtained the role of Graduate Engineer at Devon County Council. I'm interested in the wider benefits of infrastructure and its ability to have a positive impact on our society and environment, this was part of my motivation for becoming one of Sir John's apprentices.
The scheme provides an unique opportunity to work with some of the industry's leading figures as well having a tangible impact on one of the Institution's strategic projects. I am therefore thoroughly looking forward to the year ahead.
Graduate Tunnel Design Engineer
Project: Improving inclusion and diversity in the construction industry.
While studying for a masters in Tunnelling & Underground Space at Warwick University, I set up a not-for-profit which uses sport to promote inclusion and challenge homophobia and transphobia among young people. I hope to use these skills and experiences to improve inclusion and diversity in the construction industry and am interested in the power clients have to drive this change.
I also look forward to developing a greater understanding of the industry and the ICE's role and work within it.
Flint & Neill
Project: International differences in civil engineering.
As a young civil engineer, my own journey is a story stretching over 4 continents. When the opportunity to work with Sir John Armitt and the ICE on international strategy and differences in engineering arose, it was a no-brainer. It felt like it was made for me, or perhaps I for it.
I hope this will be a year where I see my story unfold a little more, and through this role add some impetus to the coming together of engineering communities around the world.
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
I graduated from the University of Surrey and now sit on their Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board through which I strive to ensure graduates joining the industry are equipped with the skills required to succeed. I was sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff throughout my studies and joined the Highways & Bridges team in London upon graduation.
I recently became the NCE Graduate of the Year 2015 and hope to use my role as a President's Apprentice to continue my passion for promoting careers in engineering to young people to ensure the best talent is attracted to the civil engineering industry.