ICE hails announcement of 30,000 rail and road apprenticeships

ICE welcomed the Government’s ‘ambitious’ Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy, announced today.

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'."

Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 88,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.