Apprenticeship Week 8-14 February 2021

Help us inspire the next generation to choose a future in civil engineering, as part of the awareness weeks in England and Wales. 

Join the celebrations for apprenticeship week
Join the celebrations for apprenticeship week
  • Updated: 08 February, 2021
  • Author: Ed Horton
As part of apprenticeship weeks for England and Wales (8-14 February), ICE encouraged members to join in the celebrations to help inspire others to consider a career in civil engineering via this career path.

To help raise awareness, ICE shared a wealth of apprenticeship resources, support and stories.

Discover more below, follow us on social media to share with your networks, and inspire others by sharing your own story!

Shining a light on apprenticeships

Rochester bridge

 The Old Bridge in Rochester, Kent, is illuminated red, orange and yellow to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

This event is one of many ways in which the Rochester Bridge Trust, led by Bridge Clerk (CEO) Sue Threader FICE, is highlighting apprenticeships and opportunities for young people to join the engineering profession.
The Trust is also supporting degree apprentices like Brecon as part of the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship programme. Read about his progress here.  —​ Jemma Ralphs

Apprenticeship weeks: England and Wales 

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (England) and Apprenticeship Week Wales Cymru 2021 took place between 8 –14 February 2021. 

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (England) is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS). The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2021 is “Build the Future,” highlighting how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to build a workforce with future-ready skills. 

Apprenticeship Week Wales Cymru 2021 is co-ordinated by Business Wales. Apprenticeship Week is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships, and the value they bring to employers and learners across Wales.
ICE is proud to support these weeks and showcase the opportunities available to those considering an apprenticeship as a route to a career in civil engineering. 

Big Assembly 

The Big Assembly was back for National Apprenticeship Week 2021 and we’re delighted that award-winning ICE Technician member India Jean-Jacques took part and shared her experience of being a civil engineering apprentice. 

The live event was watched by tens of thousands of students and teachers from schools across the UK. 

You can catch up with the event online here

Webinar: what's it like being a civil engineering apprentice? 

View and share this recording of our November 2020 webinar to learn more about civil engineering apprenticeships. 

Featuring apprentices Lucy and Dylan, apprentice turned educator Vicky and top industry employer Sarah, find out how apprentices study, what qualifications they get, how desirable qualified apprentices are to employers (spoiler alert – very!) and top tips for applying. 

The webinar was part of the ICE Inspiration Series online careers programme for students and educational establishments who want to explore the rewarding and diverse world of civil engineering careers. 

Apprenticeship support and guidance 

ICE is firmly committed to supporting all involved with their apprenticeship programme.  

Our apprenticeship hub is packed with handy advice and practical information for potential apprenticesemployers and training providers.

And of course, apprentices can access a wealth of support and member benefits when they join ICE.

Meet civil engineering apprentices 

Discover and share stories from civil engineers, including many from civil engineering apprentices.  
We shared these and more during the course of apprenticeship week – showcasing what inspired our members to choose civil engineering, the highlights of their apprenticeship and what a typical day is like. 

What’s your story? 

We hope you’ll support the celebrations by sharing some of the examples above through your networks. 

And why not share your story to help inspire others to consider a civil engineering apprenticeship? We have created two PowerPoint templates which can be adapted by members and saved as a picture to support the apprenticeship weeks on social media. Instructions are contained within the templates: 

National Apprenticeship Week (England) template 

Apprenticeship Week Wales Cymru template 

Don’t forget to use the hashtags – #NAW2021 and #BuildTheFuture (England), #AWWALES and #WPCYMRU (Wales). 

Apprenticeship weeks Northern Ireland and Scotland 

Apprenticeship weeks are also celebrated in Scotland (1-5 March) and Northern Ireland (26-30 April) – watch this space and keep an eye on our social media channels nearer the time to help support these.