The ICE Civils Comeback Scheme helps to return to a career in engineering

If you have taken a career break from civil engineering, ICE’s Civils Comeback scheme can help you back.

There has never been a better time to return to a rewarding career in civil engineering
There has never been a better time to return to a rewarding career in civil engineering

It is projected that we will need an extra 1.82 million people with engineering skills up to 2022 so if you're thinking of returning to the civil engineering profession there has never been a better time to return.

The ICE website's career planning pages are a wealth of information about various areas within civil engineering and how to access roles or disciplines, whether as a graduate, chartered civil engineer or civil engineering technician.

Work experience placements

ICE is partnering with several companies to offer paid 'returnship' placements guiding individuals back into the profession, providing support and recognising the need to get back up to speed after a lengthy break.

We will be advertising work placement roles on our ICE Recruit site from various civil engineering firms, offering work on assignments based on your skills, experience and interests.

Available coaching and support

If you are an ICE member, the expert support team of ICE's Benevolent Fund will help with everything from rebuilding confidence to learning new skills. You'll receive up to six coaching sessions with a personal career advisor who will guide you through the process.

The Benevolent Fund's personalised coaching covers many areas, including:

  • How to identify your transferable skills, strengths and experience
  • Evaluating your job options, including self-employment
  • How to develop an eye-catching CV that will generate interviews
  • How to create your own successful personal marketing plan
  • How to improve your interview technique with simulated training and feedback using CCTV

How can you become a member?

Your journey to membership depends upon your circumstances - particularly your educational qualifications and work experience.

To help guide you through this journey, we've created an online tool that can help tell you what you'll need to do in order to become professionally qualified - no matter your current circumstances. We'll ask you some questions to help understand your current position, and then provide you with a free MyICE account containing personalised membership advice and support, tailored to you.

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How can you return to ICE?

If you've previously been a member of ICE and your membership has expired, then we'd love to have you back!

Reinstating your membership depends on what your previous grade of membership was, how long you've been away and whether or not you were professionally qualified. We've prepared a detailed guide on how you can reinstate your membership. Simply login to your MyICE account and visit your 'My membership' page - you'll find everything you need.

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