ICE Summer Project 2021: graduate tutors needed to support students

ICE is calling for Graduate members to offer their support and help civil engineering students gain valuable experience through its online summer scheme. 

In 2020, ICE piloted its Summer Project scheme. The programme of virtual work experience was delivered online for a select group of Student members, with the invaluable support of Graduate member volunteers.

The initiative helped students gained vital experience over a summer when many were unable to take part in planned industry work placements, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the successful pilot and with many students facing uncertainty securing placements this year as well, ICE is once again calling on Graduate members to offer their support to students as tutors for ICE Summer Project 2021. The deadline for signing up is Friday 30 April

ICE student members due to graduate in 2022 and interested in taking part can register their interest now. 

What's the ICE Summer Project? 

The online initiative gives student members the opportunity to gain work experience to aid their professional development, beginning progress towards achieving the ICE attributes, and getting a headstart towards professional qualification with ICE. 

Each team of students is supervised by a graduate tutor who designs a work package for them to complete, based on real-life civil engineering projects.  

How can graduate members help? 

ICE needs Graduate members to act as tutors, designing a work package for a group of students and then supervising their work over a two-week period in July or August. The programme can be flexible, graduates will be able to pick the start date of their commitment over the summer and they can also choose to tutor with a group of colleagues as a team. 

The Summer Project could be based on a real-life short project that graduates have worked on, or an example of a project that ICE has developed

What will you gain from taking part in the ICE Summer Project? 

As well as offering support to students who may once again face uncertainty securing placements this year, graduate members will gain valuable and rewarding experience for their own professional development.  

Mentoring students will count towards IPD and help graduates progress towards achieving a number of the ICE attributes (ICE will certify the contribution as part of the Initial Professional Development). 

How much time will be required? 

The Summer Project can be delivered over any two weeks in July or August, depending on the availability of graduate mentors and students.

It would take around four hours per week (over two weeks). There is some flexibility, for example if both the graduates and the students being supported would like to extend the project for an additional week. An initial briefing from ICE will explain more. 

What experience do you need to be a tutor? 

Volunteers should be ICE Graduate members and ideally have several years’ industry experience. The key requirement is to have experience of ICE initial professional development (IPD).  

ICE Graduate members: sign up today to support students 

To offer support as a tutor for the ICE Summer Project 2021, complete the online form by 30 April. ICE will then be in touch with further details. 

Or, if you have questions about what’s involved, contact [email protected].

Do share this with other Graduate members who may be interested – the more graduate tutors that apply, the more students ICE can offer places to on the summer scheme. 

ICE Student member interested in Summer Project 2021? 

ICE Student members due to graduate in 2022 and interested in taking part should complete the online form

There will be a limited number of places – when the number of tutors for the scheme has been confirmed, ICE will be in touch to confirm availability.