ICE Northern Ireland scooped up a commendation for outstanding work in inspiring the next generation of civil engineers. The award was announced at the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2018 on 14 June.
The category of career inspiration recognises organisations which motivate young people to fulfil their career ambitions, introduce people into the workforce through experience or apprenticeships, and help develop the next generation of employees.
ICE Northern Ireland has a long history of engagement with schools throughout the province. The ICE ambassadors programme sees members engage with schools for careers events, classroom talks, careers advisor talks and conferences. ICE also has an Education and Inspiration task force built into its Committee, a special group which identifies opportunities for outreach to school pupils and the general public – events have included Bridges to Schools, the NI Science Festival, People Like Me workshop, Engineering Our Future and more.
"We are deeply thankful to our hardworking ambassadors and volunteers for their commitment to inspiring young people," said Regional Director Richard Kirk. "This commendation is meant for them, as they are the ones directly impacting young people's lives."
The commendation also recognised the success of the Work+ apprenticeship, ICE's collaborative scheme with 24 employers, 6 FE colleges, Ulster University and the Department for the Economy. There are currently 65 civil engineering apprentices across varying levels in Northern Ireland, with the programme growing year on year.
"Work+ is a huge achievement, as it has opened the door to a rewarding career for so many people," Richard said. "We share this award with our industry partners, and look forward to furthering more civil engineering careers in the future."