Employers

If you employ an apprentice – or would like to – ICE is here to help you through the apprenticeship process.

Apprentices combine working and learning; earning a wage as they gain the expertise and knowledge your business needs.

And if your apprentice is following a civil engineering or built environment programme, ICE can support you both.

Our team will train your apprentice’s mentor and, where possible, visit the workplace to make sure your apprentice is on track to complete their programme.

What’s more, our experienced staff can put your apprentice on the road to an ICE professional qualification, which brings a host of benefits for you both.

Our professional qualifications show that your employees have the skills and knowledge they need to contribute to your success. They also express your commitment to learning, development and maintaining the highest industry standards.

Apprentices can also join ICE as soon as they start their apprenticeship.

How is an apprenticeship run?

Apprenticeships run from two years (equivalent to Highers in Scotland and two A-levels in the rest of the UK) up to four or five years (for degree-level apprenticeships), depending on where in the UK the programme is run.

Broadly speaking, apprentices spend around 80% of the time working and 20% learning in the ‘classroom’, which could take place:

  • At a workplace
  • At a college or university
  • Through self-guided study or research

Your responsibilities

After taking on an apprentice, you must both sign an agreement. This formalises:

  • How long you’ll employ the apprentice for
  • The training you’ll give them
  • Their working conditions
  • The qualifications they’re working towards

You’ll also need to sign a contract with your apprentice and the training provider.

As an employer, you also provide your apprentices with a workplace mentor. This person should always be available to support their learning and development needs and address their concerns. For this reason, you need to allow for regular contact between the apprentice and their mentor.

ICE’s role

ICE’s expert team can provide guidance and training for apprentices and their workplace mentors.

We’ll also work with you to help them throughout their journey. This includes helping apprentices prepare for their End Point Assessment (only applicable in England) and their professional qualification with ICE.

As mentors play such a crucial role in an apprentice’s development, we’ll also work with them to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to perform their role effectively.

The team can provide support and guidance for apprentices and mentors over the phone or, if required, in their workplace.

We also have a range of resources to help apprentices and mentors. This includes mentor training, online webinars, workshops and guidance documents. Staff are also available to give talks in colleges, universities and the workplace.

Regional differences

While the information above is broadly applicable to apprenticeships throughout the UK, some details will differ depending on where you live.

More information for each region is detailed below.

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

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

To complete their programme, apprentices must demonstrate the level of learning and skills laid out in the apprenticeship framework.

Potential apprentices must meet the eligibility criteria listed on the training and employment schemes page of the Jersey States Government’s website.

Gaining an ICE professional qualification

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

An ICE professional qualification is the mark of excellence. It will put your apprentice on the road to a successful career and give you confidence in their abilities. It will also ensure them to continue developing as a professional.

Find out how your apprentice can apply for professional qualification.

Your other employees can join ICE too

As well as apprentices, all civil engineers working in your organisation can become professionally qualified ICE members and take advantage of its benefits. Find out how your employees can join ICE.

Further information

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

The next step

To find out how ICE can support you and your apprentices through the apprenticeship and professional qualification process, call +44 (0)121 227 5948 or email apprenticeships@ice.org.uk.

In England, there are five civil engineering apprenticeships available to you and your apprentices:

  • Railway Engineering Design Technician Apprenticeship (Level 3 – BTEC)
  • Civil Engineering Technician Apprenticeship (Level 3 – BTEC)
  • Construction Site Engineering Technician Apprenticeship (Level 4 – HNC)
  • Civil Engineer Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6 – Degree)
  • Civil Engineering Site Management Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6 – Degree)

When your apprentices complete a level 3 or 4 apprenticeship, they could progress to a degree apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment

To complete their programme, apprentices must take an End Point Assessment (EPA). This tests their ability to do the job for which they’ve been training.

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

You can find out if an apprenticeship course meets the required conditions by getting in touch with us at apprenticeships@ice.org.uk.

Application forms and gateway requirements (the criteria an apprentice must meet before taking the EPA) for the above apprenticeships can be found in the ‘Links and Guidance’ section below.

Recording experience – degree apprentices

Degree-level apprentices who would like to apply for an ICE professional qualification, must record and track their work experience in our easy-to-use online platform – IPD Online.

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

If your apprentice isn’t sure they want to apply for a professional qualification at the end of the apprenticeship, filling in IPD Online during the programme will make it easier to return to in the future.

Find out more about IPD and IPD Online.

Gaining an ICE professional qualification

When your apprentice has successfully completed their apprenticeship, they 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 your apprentice on the road to a successful career and give you and your clients confidence in their abilities. It will also enable them to continue developing as a professional.

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

Your other employees can join ICE too

As well as apprentices, all civil engineers working in your organisation can become professionally qualified ICE members and take advantage of its benefits. Find out how your employees can join ICE.

Links and guidance

Find out more about the support ICE can provide with apprenticeships:

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

To find out how ICE can support you and your apprentices through the apprenticeship and professional qualification process, 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 (Masters’ 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 your apprentices to learn new skills whilst they earn.

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

Degree-level apprenticeships are available through employers and universities.

Gaining an ICE professional qualification

When your apprentice has successfully completed their apprenticeship, they 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 your apprentice on the road to a successful career and give you and your clients confidence in their abilities. It will also enable them to continue developing as a professional.

Find out how your apprentice can apply for professional qualification.

Initial professional development (IPD) for degree apprenticeships

Apprentices who would like to apply for an ICE professional qualification, must record and track their work experience in our easy-to-use online platform – IPD Online.

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

Even if your apprentice doesn’t want to apply for a professional qualification straight away, it’s a good idea to use IPD Online, as it’ll allow them to in the future.

Find out more about IPD and IPD Online.

Your other employees can join ICE too

As well as apprentices, all civil engineers working in your organisation can become professionally qualified ICE members and take advantage of its benefits. Find out how your employees can join ICE.

Further information

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

The next step

To find out how ICE can support you and your apprentices through the apprenticeship and professional qualification process, call +44 (0)121 227 5948 or email apprenticeships@ice.org.uk.

In Scotland, apprentices can follow Modern and Graduate programmes. 

Modern Apprenticeships

By pursuing a Modern Apprenticeship, apprentices will be employed, learn on the job and spend time at college to build the knowledge and skills required for the role. They will 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 can be used as stepping stones to a Graduate Apprenticeship.

Graduate Apprenticeships

Graduate Apprenticeships combine work with HND or degree-level qualifications. They allow apprentices to earn whilst they learn and apply their learning to real projects.

Graduate Apprenticeships comprise 80% work and 20% study.

To complete the programme, apprentices must demonstrate that they have achieved the level of learning and skills laid out in the apprenticeship framework.

Initial professional development (IPD) for graduate degree apprenticeships

Civil Engineer Graduate Degree apprentices who are aiming to achieve an ICE professional qualification, must track and document their initial professional development (IPD). IPD is the ‘work experience’ part of the professional qualification, where apprentices develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need.

ICE has also developed an easy-to-use online tool – IPD Online – for apprentices to record and manage their IPD and help them achieve their professional qualification.

Find out more about IPD and IPD Online.

Gaining an ICE professional qualification

When your apprentice has completed their apprenticeship, they 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 your apprentice on the road to a successful career and give you the confidence in their abilities. It will also enable them to continue developing as a professional.

Find out how your apprentice can apply for professional qualification.

Your other employees can join ICE too

As well as apprentices, all civil engineers working in your organisation can become professionally qualified ICE members and take advantage of its benefits. Find out how your employees can join ICE.

Further information

Find out more about apprenticeships in Scotland by following the links below:

The next step

To find out how ICE can support you and your apprentices through the apprenticeship and professional qualification process, call +44 (0)121 227 5948 or email apprenticeships@ice.org.uk.

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

In Wales, apprentices spend at least 50% of the time working and the remainder studying at a college, university or with another a training provider. You decide where this study takes place and whether it’s carried out weekly or in longer, but less frequent, blocks.

Apprentices’ academic learning and workplace competence is assessed throughout, and at the end of, their programme. This tests whether they have the knowledge and skills to do their job.

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

Gaining an ICE professional qualification

When your apprentice has completed their level 3 programme, they can apply to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech MICE) with ICE.

An ICE professional qualification is the mark of excellence. It will put your apprentice on the road to a successful career and give you confidence in their abilities. It will also enable them to continue developing as a professional.

Find out how your apprentice can apply for professional qualification.

Further information

Find out more about apprenticeships in Wales through the links below:

The next step

To find out how ICE can support you and your apprentices through the apprenticeship and professional qualification process, call +44 (0)121 227 5948 or email apprenticeships@ice.org.uk.
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