Dominik who is studying at Solihull College in the West Midlands says: "I chose an apprenticeship to pursue my desired career as an engineer and to gain valuable work experience whilst still continuing to study. I am fortunate to have worked on a number of projects through to completion. I enjoy seeing my designs implemented in the real world and in use on a daily basis. My future plan is to continue my studies and become a chartered civil engineer."
University is not for everybody, and Dominik, like many young people, has successfully taken the first step on the "earn as you learn" route to his chosen career. Qualified engineering technicians like Dominic and his colleagues perform a vital role in the development of our roads, railways, and our energy, water and waste networks – in the Midlands and indeed worldwide. They offer specialist skills and techniques and solve complex problems - ultimately they help to deliver infrastructure projects safely, cost efficiently and on time.
Steve Feeley, ICE Director of Membership Recruitment said:
"I'd like to congratulate Dominik on his fantastic achievement. We are delighted to welcome young talented engineers and technicians qualifying with ICE, and I commend the commitment and dedication Dominik has shown to achieve this milestone early in his civil engineering career. Dominik has set out on the well-trodden path combining work and study which has already led him to a professional qualification with ICE, and he can be rightly proud of what he has achieved. I wish him every success with his further studies and look forward to seeing his career progress."
Dave Beddell, Market Sector Leader, Strategic Highways, Europe, AECOM said:
"As the largest recruiter of graduates and apprentices in our industry, AECOM remains committed to nurturing the next generation of civil engineers. As part of their development we encourage our future talent to attain professional accreditation with their relevant institution. Every year I am impressed by the dedication and ability of the young professionals who attain these achievements, none more so than Dominik, who is the youngest ever EngTech MICE in the Institution of Civil Engineers' 200-year history."
Steven Lintern, Apprenticeship coordinator/Lecturer, Solihull College said:
"Dominik progressed through our level 3 apprenticeship here at Solihull College with drive and commitment of which is a testament to his personal ambition to be a chartered engineer. He has shown to others this apprenticeship pathway tangibly changes young people's lives in many ways that the traditional university route often doesn't. Dominik's hands-on experiences within his field will be no match for a graduate following a traditional academic route and is the reason why these apprenticeships have such dynamism and why so many more young people are choosing the 'earn and learn' option. We are hugely proud to have the ICE's youngest ever professional member come through our programme and of course the support from AECOM in his development has been of the highest standard."