Apprenticeships in the UK are a great way for individuals to learn while they earn.

ICE is uniquely placed to assist civil engineering apprentices on their journey. We deliver the support and guidance required to get the maximum benefit from these exciting programmes.

Combining learning while working is a fantastic way to kick-start a career in civil engineering. You will work on projects that transform lives, gain invaluable experience from knowledgeable colleagues and tutors, and you can earn as you learn.

How long is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships may run from a minimum of two years (equivalent to Highers in Scotland and two A Levels in the rest of the UK) or 4-5 years for degree-level apprenticeships.

As an apprentice, you are likely to spend approximately 80% of the time working and 20% learning but this will vary depending on the scheme you undertake and where you are doing it:

  • At your workplace
  • At your college or university through a day-release or a block-release
  • Through self-guided study or research

There are regional differences in the programmes on offer across the UK and the Channel Islands. More information for each region is detailed below.

Skills Jersey deliver Trackers Apprenticeships which are targeted at supporting people between the ages of 16 and over. Currently there is a level 4 HNC Civil Engineering apprenticeship available lasting two years, and work is continuing to develop delivery of a level 6 (degree) apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised every two years with start dates in September. Additionally, employers advertise their own vacancies and engage with schools to make students aware of their opportunities.

To complete your apprenticeship you will be required to demonstrate that you have achieved a high level of learning and skills, as laid out in the apprenticeship framework.

Potential applicants must meet the eligibility criteria listed on the Training and employment schemes page of the Jersey States Government’s website in order to apply.

How do I gain a professional qualification after completing my apprenticeship?

When you have completed an HNC and civil engineering apprenticeship, you can apply to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech MICE) with ICE.

ICE professional qualifications are the mark of excellence. They will put your career firmly on the path to success and give employers confidence in your abilities. It will also enable you to continue to progress in your professional development.

You can find more information on how to apply on the professional qualification web page.

ICE is here to help you

Our UK wide team provide guidance and support throughout your apprenticeship journey. Being part of ICE also gives you access and connections to over 93,000 members, ensuring you will have a successful apprenticeship and rewarding career.

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Further information

More information about apprenticeships in Jersey, is available at Trackers: the apprentice programme.

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If you’re looking to start a career in civil engineering, the following apprenticeships could kick start your professional journey:

  • The Railway Engineering Design Technician Apprenticeship - (Level 3 - BTEC)
  • The Civil Engineering Technician Apprenticeship - (Level 3 - BTEC)
  • The Construction Site Engineering Technician Apprenticeship - (Level 4 - HNC)
  • The Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship - (Level 6 - degree)
  • The Civil Engineer Site Manager Degree Apprenticeship - (Level 6 - degree)

On successful completion of a level 3 or 4 apprenticeship, you could progress to a higher level or degree apprenticeship or continue in your employment.

What’s an End Point Assessment?

To complete an English apprenticeship, you have to sit an End Point Assessment (EPA). It assesses whether you have the skills, knowledge and competency to do the job you have been trained for.

ICE is the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the civil engineering English apprenticeships listed above.

How is the EPA assessed?

Each of the following apprenticeships has its own assessment plan which stipulates the assessment methods that must be used. The assessment consists of a report of your work, an additional written assessment and an interview. To find out exactly what is involved, please read the following guidance.

When and where can I sit an EPA?

Dates and locations are available across the UK throughout the year.

Where can I find an apprenticeship?

Vacancies will be advertised on several media outlets, including employers’ websites, careers and job boards, and the government’s Find an apprenticeship site. The latter also lists training providers associated with each apprenticeship

How do I gain a professional qualification after completing my EPA?

When you have successfully completed your apprenticeship, you can apply to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech MICE) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng MICE) with ICE.

ICE professional qualifications are the mark of excellence. They will put your career firmly on the path to success and give employers confidence in your abilities. It will also enable you to continue to progress in your professional development.

Knowledge, skills and behaviours – recording what you learn

If you are following a degree apprenticeship programme, ICE recommends that you use our initial professional development (IPD) online platform (https://www.ice.org.uk/login?returnurl=%2fmy-ice%2fipd-menu) to record your experiences throughout the apprenticeship.

ICE have mapped the knowledge, skills and behaviour (KSB) requirements against attributes used for assessing professional engineering qualifications and to help you keep track of what you need to do.

ICE is here to help you

Our UK wide team provide guidance and support throughout your apprenticeship journey. Being part of ICE also gives you access and connections to over 93,000 members, ensuring you will have a successful apprenticeship and rewarding career.

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Further information

More details about apprenticeships in England can be found at the following:

Other information to help you through your apprenticeship

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In Northern Ireland apprenticeships are available at level 3 with Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLAs) offered at levels 5 (Foundation degree), level 6 (Honours degree) and more recently at level 7 (Masters degree).

HLAs are aimed at people who have gained A levels, or equivalent, and provide an opportunity for you to learn new skills whilst you earn.

Depending on your apprenticeship option, the length of the HLA will vary but will be no less than two years. Opportunities are open to new and existing employees.

Degree (level 6) apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available through employers and universities.

To complete your apprenticeship you will be required to demonstrate that you have achieved a high level of learning and skills, as laid out in the apprenticeship framework.

How do I gain a professional qualification after completing my apprenticeship?

When you have completed your apprenticeship, you can apply to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech MICE) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng MICE) with ICE.

ICE professional qualifications are the mark of excellence. They will put your career firmly on the path to success and give employers confidence in your abilities. It will also enable you to continue to progress in your professional development.

If you are following a degree apprenticeship, ICE recommends that you use our initial professional development portal (IPD online platform) to record your experiences throughout the apprenticeship.

You can find more information on how to apply on the professional qualification web page.

ICE is here to help you

Our UK wide team provide guidance and support throughout your apprenticeship journey. Being part of ICE also gives you access and connections to over 93,000 members, ensuring you will have a successful apprenticeship and rewarding career.

Join ICE now

Further information

More details about apprenticeships in Northern Ireland can be found at the following:

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Modern Apprenticeships

By pursuing a Modern Apprenticeship, you will be employed, learn on the job and spend time at college to build the knowledge and skills required for the role. Normally you would spend four days a week at your workplace and one day at college.

Modern Apprenticeships are offered at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels 5 to 7 and you could use this as a stepping stone to a Graduate Apprenticeship.

Graduate Apprenticeships

These are apprenticeships combining work with study for a HND or degree level qualification allowing you to earn whilst you learn. You’ll be able to put what you learn in to practice straight away on real projects.

Graduate Apprenticeships will involve a work/study balance of 80/20% respectively.

To complete your Graduate Apprenticeship you will be required to demonstrate that you have achieved a high level of learning and skills, as laid out in the apprenticeship framework.

How do I gain a professional qualification after completing my apprenticeship?

When you have completed your apprenticeship, you can apply to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech MICE) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng MICE) with ICE.

ICE professional qualifications are the mark of excellence. They will put your career firmly on the path to success and give employers confidence in your abilities. It will also enable you to continue to progress in your professional development.

If you have a training agreement (on an ICE training scheme or with the support of an ICE mentor), or are following a degree apprenticeship, ICE recommends that you use our initial professional development portal (IPD online platform) to record your experiences throughout the apprenticeship.

You can find more information on how to apply on the professional qualification web page.

ICE is here to help you

Our UK wide team provide guidance and support throughout your apprenticeship journey. Being part of ICE also gives you access and connections to over 93,000 members, ensuring you will have a successful apprenticeship and rewarding career.

Join ICE now

Further information

More details about apprenticeships in Scotland can be found at the following:

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ICE is part of The Welsh Apprenticeship Alliance (WAA), supporting apprentices at the start of their training by planning their path to professional qualification through ICE, helping them achieve Engineering Technician (EngTech) qualification.

In Wales you will spend at least 50% of the time working and the remainder studying at a college, university or a training provider. The learning format may be through a day or block release arrangement confirmed by your employer. You will be assessed on your academic learning and workplace competence throughout and at the end of your apprenticeship to test that you have the knowledge and skills to do your job.

The types of apprenticeship offered in Wales are to suit your stage of learning and the level of skills required for particular job role. Currently, there is an apprenticeship at (level 3) whereby you will work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3. This is equivalent to two A-level passes.

Your employer will decide on how and where you are trained; this could be at the workplace, or college, a training centre or a combination of them depending on your training needs.

How do I gain a professional qualification after completing my apprenticeship?

When you have completed your level 3 apprenticeship, you can apply to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech MICE) with ICE.

ICE professional qualifications are the mark of excellence. They will put your career firmly on the path to success and give employers confidence in your abilities. It will also enable you to continue to progress in your professional development.

You can find more information on how to apply on the professional qualification web page.

ICE is here to help you

Our UK wide team provide guidance and support throughout your apprenticeship journey. Being part of ICE also gives you access and connections to over 93,000 members, ensuring you will have a successful apprenticeship and rewarding career.

Join ICE now

Further information

More details about apprenticeships in Wales can be found at the following:

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