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Welsh Apprenticeship Alliance (WAA)
Rachel will meet the shortlisted entrants for Apprentice of the year 2021 and some of their employers. The President will speak informally to the Apprentices and introduce her views on Apprentices / Apprenticeships, then invite participation from all delegates.
There will be presentations by Bianca Wheeler, one of the President’s Future Leaders, Arcadis, and from the shortlisted entrants for Apprentice of the year 2021.
10:30 Moderator’s comments by ICE Wales Cymru Director Keith Jones.
10:32 Welcome by ICE Wales Cymru Chair, Ken Evans.
10:34 President presentation ‘Apprenticeships’.
10:44 Bianca Wheeler presentation, ‘Apprenticeships, the ICE & Major London Projects’.
10:54 Geraint Davies / Julia Allen presentation ‘Welsh Apprenticeship Alliance’.
11:05 Apprentice 1 shortlisted Apprentice of the year, presentation – why they became an Apprentice.
11:10 Apprentice 2 shortlisted Apprentice of the year, presentation – why they became an Apprentice.
11:15 Q&A 11:45 Close by Ken Evans. Microsoft Teams will be used with microphones and cameras enabled. Attendees to join promptly at 10:20am.
President, Institution of Civil Engineers Executive Director, WSP Patron, Women in Transport
Rachel is the 156th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is an Executive Director (Transport) at WSP. She is a Patron of Women in Transport (a not-for-profit) having been one of its founding board members since 2005. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered engineer and a chartered transport planner. Rachel chairs the Carbon stream of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and was recently invited to join the external expert panel established to support the UK Department for Transport’s Acceleration Unit that is focused on a faster, better and greener recovery beyond COVID-19. She served two years as an Infrastructure Commissioner for Scotland from late 2018. In 2016, Rachel was listed as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural UK Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering; in 2017 she was named the Most Distinguished Winner and Best Woman Civil Engineer at the Women in Civil Engineering Awards, and in 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering. Rachel has authored, scripted and hosted publications and films on topics including “Shaping Zero” about net zero carbon for infrastructure, “Making Better Places” on place-making and future mobility, and before that about digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration. She is regularly invited to give keynote conference presentations and to chair international and national industry events. Rachel is involved with strategic projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.
Bianca is a working on HS2 with SCS Railways (Costain). She is also a Level 6 apprentice currently studying for her BEng Civil Engineering Degree at Kingston University, she was awarded her EngTech MICE in late 2018 and is currently working towards IEng status with the ICE. Bianca has a passion for tunnelling, sustainability, STEM and Women in Engineering Societies, she is currently one of Rachel Skinners Presidents Future Leaders and is part of the ICE G&S committee.
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