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3 trailblazing apprentices become professionally qualified civil engineers 

18 March 2021

The apprentices were first in England to complete the Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship programme and achieve Incorporated Engineer status with ICE.

3 trailblazing apprentices become professionally qualified civil engineers 

Three Yorkshire apprentices have become the first in England to achieve Incorporated Engineer status through their degree apprenticeships.

Joe Allison, Charlie Wortley and Shane Finn, who all studied at Leeds Beckett University, have become the first to pass their End Point Assessment (EPA) and become Incorporated Engineers through the Institution of Civil Engineers (IEng MICE).

The Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship programme is five years long and involves work-based learning alongside gaining an accredited degree qualification.

Allison, 33, who works for Eastwood and Partners in Sheffield, said: “I have been working hard for five years and passing the EPA and achieving IEng MICE status is a terrific reward. Being able to call myself a professionally qualified civil engineer is a great feeling.”

Finn, 26, who works at Sweco in Leeds, said: “Completing my apprenticeship has been a long process but now I have passed the EPA and achieved IEng recognition with the ICE, it is the biggest achievement of my career so far.”

Twenty-six-year-old Wortley, from Wakefield, who works as an engineer in the infrastructure design team at SCP in Leeds, added: “Being one of the first to pass the end point assessment is an utter privilege. The past five years have been difficult, though they have been worth it to reach this point.”

Richard Davis, apprenticeship manager at ICE, said: “Success at EPA and the IEng MICE award is testament to their hard work and dedication, and it is even more special as they are the very first Civil Engineer degree apprentices to have completed this apprenticeship at this level.”

Incorporated Engineer status for degree apprentices

The three apprentices took advantage of the opportunity to gain IEng MICE status on completion of their degree apprenticeship.

To complete an English apprenticeship, apprentices must sit an EPA. ICE provides support to civil engineering apprentices and offers the option to apply for IEng MICE as part of the EPA.

Achieving IEng MICE is the mark of excellence. It's internationally-recognised, will put you on the road to a successful career, and give your employer and their clients confidence in your abilities.

Find out more about civil engineering apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a great way for individuals to enter the profession and earn while they learn. Apprentices develop both the academic knowledge and practical skills to be successful engineers.

Working in this way, the apprentices gain valuable experience to complete their ICE initial professional development while studying for their degree, putting them on the path to a professional qualification when they complete their apprenticeship.

Explore our dedicated hub for apprentices if you are interested in becoming a civil engineering apprentice, or want to find out more about becoming professionally qualified as part of your apprenticeship.

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  • Tegan Chapman, Marketing Communications Executive