Commenting on the Government's Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy, announced today, ICE Director General Nick Baveystock said:
"ICE welcomes the Government's ambitious plans to deliver 30,000 new rail and road apprenticeships by 2020. Development of apprenticeships has traditionally been an area in which we have underinvested, so it is good to see progress. It is important that the apprenticeships meet an existing industry standard, such as 'EngTech', and are tailored to meet the technological challenges involved in delivering future transport projects.
"The strategy echoes many of ICE's key commitments, including those to diversity and lifelong learning, and we welcome the Government's intention to commemorate 2018 as the 'year of the engineer'."