West Midlands apprentices celebrated in Birmingham Post

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March 2016) ICE West Midlands, in association with the Birmingham Post, published a 12 page supplement featuring some of the region's top apprentices from AECOM, Amey, Arup, Atkins, Highways England and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.

QUEST Technician Scholars
QUEST Technician Scholars

The supplement's front cover featured 38 students studying the Advanced Technical Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering at Solihull College.

The supplement also featured, three exceptional young scholars from Solihull College, Chloe Kirby and Harry Smith from Atkins and Keiran Reidy from Arup who were recently recognised for their excellence by being awarded ICE's QUEST Technician Scholarship which gives applicants a financial boost of up to £1500.

College principal, John Callaghan said: "Apprenticeships are a key factor within education and are a great way for young people to learn about the industry and also gain that extremely valuable work experience. Also as part of this the apprentice is able to earn as they learn adding value to the business.

"There is considerable growth in technical and professional apprenticeships in the construction industry in roles such as civil engineering technician and building services engineering technician. This is a direct response to the drive from employers who are seeing the value in training and investing in apprenticeships to fill their skills gaps. Apprenticeships such as these at Solihull College & University Centre help to provide the workforce for the future."

Molly McKenzie, Regional Director – ICE East Midlands and ICE West Midlands said: "ICE is pleased to hear that funding has been confirmed for the National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham.

"The built environment industry is facing a significant challenge in terms of growing and maintaining the skills base of its workforce to effectively deliver the UK investment programme.

Solihull College Apprentices
Solihull College Apprentices

"ICE is pleased to be working closely with Birmingham City Council and the National College for High Speed Rail to promote the many exciting and diverse career opportunities for railway civil engineers."

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service addressed the 2016 FE Week annual apprenticeship conference at the ICC in Birmingham.

Read her full speech regarding the government's vision for three million high quality apprenticeship starts.

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