ICE Scotland apprentices feature in Apprenticeship Week campaign

ICE Scotland is playing its part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week by featuring the personal stories of Scotland’s civil engineering apprentices to understand why they chose this increasingly popular route.

Just some of the apprentices featured in Apprenticeship week.
Just some of the apprentices featured in Apprenticeship week.

Find out more about some of the apprentices featured in Scottish Apprentice Week below.

Bethany Welsh

Bethany Welsh

19-year-old Bethany Welsh currently works for Balfour Beatty as trainee civil engineer. She said: "I knew I wanted to do something outdoorsy, involving infrastructure, and fun. The apprenticeship route allowed me to do that. I have no regrets. I don't really think anyone will notice any difference by the time my contemporaries that went to university join me in the workplace. I will have more direct experience than them, for sure."

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Joanne Bain

Joanne Bain

Joanne Bain, originally from Gairloch, knew that university wasn't the route for her. Joanne is working on The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T), which will significantly improve travel in and around Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland where she came following 2 years on the Shetland Gas Plant.

She says: "For me the apprenticeship route was the best way to do it as you are working, learning and earning all at the same time. I'm keen to inspire others to take this career path."

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Jamie Marsh

Jamie Marsh

19-year-old Jamie Marsh works for Mott MacDonald in Edinburgh office in a wastewater modelling/civil structures team working on a variety of different projects across Scotland and the UK.

He says: "I chose the apprenticeship route when I discovered university was not the only way to becoming a chartered civil engineer. Working alongside senior engineers on projects involving a wide range of specialist areas allows me to grasp the information I learn at college more easily and progress much quicker."

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Kathryn Callander

Kathryn Callander

Having been a carer for her grandmother from the age of 16, QUEST technician scholar, Kathryn Callander got her first taste of civil engineering when she was working as an apprentice clerical assistant in a roads department in a local authority. She took the apprenticeship route to civil engineering and now works for South Lanarkshire Council as an assistant engineering officer in the contracting section.

She says: "I had commitments and wasn't in a position to leave work to go to university. I supported myself through five years of college, paying my own fees and using my annual leave from work to attend one day a week. I fought long and hard, and last year it paid off when I finally got a civil engineering job."

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Kirsty Smith

Kirsty Smith

20-year-old Kirsty Smith works for the Ayrshire Roads Alliance in Kilmarnock in the Design and Structures section as an apprentice Civil Engineering Technician. Kirsty says: "I knew Civil Engineering would be an ideal career for me. I began to look for apprenticeships after deciding full time learning for a further four years wasn't what I wanted to do. I have also gained lots of valuable knowledge and work experience that I wouldn't have got through university."

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Gail Bill

Gail Bill

Gail Bill, from Wishaw, currently works for I&H Brown as a Site Engineer in Dunfermline. The 28-year-old decided to use an apprenticeship to get her into an industry she thought would not welcome women. She explains: "I started my career in civil engineering later in life than I would have liked as I assumed the industry would not welcome a female. I assumed no construction company in the UK would welcome a female into industry. To my surprise I was offered a Trainee Engineer role and now realise my assumption was a misconception of the industry."

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Jamie McCann

Jamie McCann

19-year-old Jamie McCann, from Baillieston, Glasgow, works for BAM Nutall as an Apprentice Civil Engineer at Melgarve in the Cairngorms. He decided he wanted the practical, hands-on experience of taking an apprenticeship ahead of the theory he would learn at university. Jamie says: "I chose an apprenticeship in Civil Engineering because I realised that it would be better when it comes down to being experienced and also I wouldn't need to worry about part time jobs to get me through it."

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