Apprentices

Apprenticeships in the UK are a great way for individuals to learn while they earn.

ICE is uniquely placed to assist civil engineering apprentices on their journey. We deliver the support and guidance required to get the maximum benefit from these exciting programmes.

Combining learning while working is a fantastic way to kick-start a career in civil engineering. You will work on projects that transform lives, gain invaluable experience from knowledgeable colleagues and tutors, and you can earn as you learn.

How long is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships may run from a minimum of two years (equivalent to Highers in Scotland and two A Levels in the rest of the UK) or 4-5 years for degree-level apprenticeships.

As an apprentice, you are likely to spend approximately 80% of the time working and 20% learning but this will vary depending on the scheme you undertake and where you are doing it:

  • At your workplace
  • At your college or university through a day-release or a block-release
  • Through self-guided study or research

There are regional differences in the programmes on offer across the UK and the Channel Islands. More information for each region is detailed below.

Skills Jersey delivers Trackers Apprenticeships for people aged 16 and over. A two-year level 4 HNC Civil Engineering apprenticeship is available, while a level 6 (degree) apprenticeship is currently being developed.

Apprenticeships start in September and vacancies are advertised every two years. Employers also advertise their own vacancies and engage with training providers to make students aware of their opportunities.

To complete your apprenticeship, you must demonstrate the level of learning and skills laid out in the apprenticeship framework.

To apply, you must meet the eligibility criteria listed on the training and employment schemes page of the Jersey States Government’s website.

How do I gain a professional qualification after completing my apprenticeship?

When you've completed a civil engineering or built environment-related apprenticeship , you can apply to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech MICE) with ICE.

An ICE professional qualification is the mark of excellence. It will put you on the road to a successful career and give employers and their clients confidence in your abilities. It will also enable you to continue to developing as a professional and give you access and connections to over 95,000 members worldwide.

Find out how you can apply for professional qualification.

Further information

More information about apprenticeships in Jersey, is available at Trackers: the apprentice programme.

The next step

Our UK-wide team can provide you and your employer with guidance and support throughout your apprenticeship journey. To find out how, call +44 (0)121 227 5948 or email apprenticeships@ice.org.uk.

If you’re looking to start a career in civil engineering, the following apprenticeships could kick start your professional journey:

  • The Railway Engineering Design Technician Apprenticeship - (Level 3 - BTEC)
  • The Civil Engineering Technician Apprenticeship - (Level 3 - BTEC)
  • The Construction Site Engineering Technician Apprenticeship - (Level 4 - HNC)
  • The Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship - (Level 6 - degree)
  • The Civil Engineer Site Manager Degree Apprenticeship - (Level 6 - degree)

After completing level 3 or 4 apprenticeship, you could progress to a degree apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment

To complete an English apprenticeship, you must sit an End Point Assessment (EPA). This tests your ability to do the job you've been training.

ICE is registered to carry out EPAs for the five civil engineering English apprenticeships listed above.

The EPA consists of a report of your work, an additional written assessment and an interview. You can find out more about the EPA process – including fees, the standards you must reach and how you’ll be assessed – through the links below:

Where can I find an apprenticeship?

Vacancies are widely advertised through employers’ websites, careers and job boards, the government’s 'Find an apprenticeship' website, and other sources. The 'Find an apprenticeship' site also lists training providers associated with each apprenticeship.

Recording experience degree apprentices

If you're following a degree-level apprenticeship and would like to apply for an ICE professional qualification, you must record and track your work experience. ICE strongly recommend that you do this through our easy-to-use online platform – IPD Online.

IPD is the ‘work experience’ part of the professional qualification, and our online tool enables you to ‘map’ your experience to the required attributes.

Knowledge, skills and behaviour to attributes mapping for England:

Even if you’re not sure you want to apply for a professional qualification at the end of the apprenticeship, it’s a good idea to use IPD Online, as it’ll allow you to do so in the future.

Find out more about IPD and IPD Online.

How do I gain a professional qualification?

After successfully completing your apprenticeship, you can apply to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech MICE) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng MICE) with ICE.

An ICE professional qualification is the mark of excellence. It will put you on the road to a successful career and give your employer and their clients confidence in your abilities. It will also enable you to continue to progress as a profession and give you access and connections to over 95,000 members worldwide.

The EPA application form has an option to apply for professional qualification and outlines additional information required.

Find out how you can apply for professional qualification.

Further information

You can get more details about apprenticeships in England through:

For help and support on joining ICE whilst on an apprenticeship watch our guidances videos.

Other information to help you through your apprenticeship

The next step

Our UK-wide team can provide you and your employer with guidance and support throughout your apprenticeship journey. To find out how, call +44 (0)121 227 5948 or email apprenticeships@ice.org.uk.

In Northern Ireland apprenticeships are available at level 3, level 5 (Foundation degree), level 6 (Honours degree) and level 7 (Master's degree).

Level 5, 6 and 7 programmes – also known as Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLAs) – are aimed at people who have gained A levels, or equivalent, and provide an opportunity for you to learn new skills whilst you earn.

Depending on which level you choose, the length of the HLA will vary, but will be at least two years.

Degree-level apprenticeships are available through employers and universities.

Recording experience degree apprentices

If you're following a degree-level apprenticeship and would like to apply for an ICE professional qualification, you must record and track your work experience. ICE strongly recommend that you do this through our easy-to-use online platform – IPD Online.

IPD is the ‘work experience’ part of the professional qualification, and our online tool enables you to ‘map’ your experience to the required attributes.

Even if you’re not sure you want to apply for a professional qualification at the end of the apprenticeship, it’s a good idea to use IPD Online, as it’ll allow you to do so in the future.

Find out more about IPD and IPD Online.

How do I gain a professional qualification after completing my apprenticeship?

After successfully completing your apprenticeship, you can apply to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech MICE) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng MICE) with ICE.

An ICE professional qualification is the mark of excellence. It will put you on the road to a successful career and give your employer and their clients confidence in your abilities. It will also enable you to continue developing as a professional and give you access and connections to over 95,000 members worldwide.

Find out how you can apply for professional qualification.

Further information

For help and support on joining ICE whilst on an apprenticeship watch our guidances videos.

More details about apprenticeships in Northern Ireland can be found at the following:

The next step

Our UK-wide team can provide you and your employer with guidance and support throughout your apprenticeship journey. To find out how, call +44 (0)121 227 5948 or email apprenticeships@ice.org.uk.

In Scotland, you can follow Modern and Graduate programmes.

Modern Apprenticeships

By pursuing a Modern Apprenticeship, you’ll be employed, learn on the job and spend time at college to build the knowledge and skills required for the role. You’ll normally spend four days a week at your workplace and one day at college.

Modern Apprenticeships are offered at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels 5 to 7 and you could use this as a stepping-stone to a Graduate Apprenticeship.

Graduate Apprenticeships

Graduate Apprenticeships combine work with a HND or degree-level qualification, and normally comprise 80% work and 20% study.

To complete the programme, you must demonstrate that you’ve achieved the level of learning and skills laid out in the apprenticeship framework.

Recording experience degree apprentices

If you're following a degree-level apprenticeship and would like to apply for an ICE professional qualification, you must record and track your work experience. ICE strongly recommend that you do this through our easy-to-use online platform – IPD Online.

IPD is the ‘work experience’ part of the professional qualification, and our online tool enables you to ‘map’ your experience to the required attributes.

Even if you’re not sure you want to apply for a professional qualification at the end of the apprenticeship, it’s a good idea to use IPD Online, as it’ll allow you to do so in the future.

Find out more about IPD and IPD Online.

How do I gain a professional qualification after completing my apprenticeship?

After successfully completing your apprenticeship, you can apply to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech MICE) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng MICE) with ICE.

An ICE professional qualification is the mark of excellence. It will put you on the road to a successful career and give your employer and their clients confidence in your abilities. It will also enable you to continue developing as a professional and give you access and connections to over 95,000 members worldwide.

Find out how you can apply for professional qualification.

Further information

For help and support on joining ICE whilst on an apprenticeship watch our guidances videos.

More details about apprenticeships in Scotland can be found at the following:

The next step

Our UK-wide team can provide you and your employer with guidance and support throughout your apprenticeship journey. To find out how, call +44 (0)121 227 5948 or email apprenticeships@ice.org.uk.

ICE is part of The Welsh Apprenticeship Alliance (WAA), which helps you plan your path to the ICE Engineering Technician (EngTech) qualification.

Currently, there is a civil engineering apprenticeship at level 3. If you choose this programme, you’ll work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3. This is equivalent to two A-level passes.

You’ll spend at least 50% of the time working and the remainder studying at college, university or another training provider. Your employer decides where this study takes place and whether it’s carried out weekly or in longer, but less frequent, blocks.

Your academic learning and workplace competence is assessed throughout, and at the end of, your programme. This tests whether you have the knowledge and skills you need to do your job.

Recording experience degree apprentices

If you're following a degree-level apprenticeship and would like to apply for an ICE professional qualification, you must record and track your work experience. ICE strongly recommend that you do this through our easy-to-use online platform – IPD Online.

IPD is the ‘work experience’ part of the professional qualification, and our online tool enables you to ‘map’ your experience to the required attributes.

Even if you’re not sure you want to apply for a professional qualification at the end of the apprenticeship, it’s a good idea to use IPD Online, as it’ll allow you to do so in the future.

Find out more about IPD and IPD Online.

How do I gain a professional qualification after completing my apprenticeship?

When you’ve completed your level 3 apprenticeship, you can apply to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech MICE) with ICE.

An ICE professional qualification is the mark of excellence. It will put you on the road to a successful career and give your employer and their clients confidence in your abilities. It will also enable you to continue developing as a professional and give you access and connections to over 95,000 members worldwide.

Find out how you can apply for professional qualification.

Further information

More details about apprenticeships in Wales can be found at the following:

The next step

Our UK-wide team can provide you and your employer with guidance and support throughout your apprenticeship journey. To find out how, call +44 (0)121 227 5948 or email apprenticeships@ice.org.uk.

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