Support services company Amey is searching the West Midlands for budding civil engineers for its new apprenticeship scheme.

The scheme will offer a select few the chance to work for Amey as apprentice civil engineers whilst studying part time at college or university.

Successful candidates will help with the design and construction of civil engineering projects in Amey’s consulting division, working towards an Institution of Civil Engineers accredited qualification.

It is part of the Partnership for Professional Apprentice Civil Engineers, which is a new civil engineering apprenticeship launched by the ICE in partnership with Birmingham Chamber, the Learning and Skills Council, the Confederation of British Industry, Education Business Partnership and Advantage West Midlands.

David Johns, associate director of Amey and chairman of ICE West Midlands, has played an instrumental part in setting up the initiative.

“The scheme is designed to increase the recruitment of people into civil engineering as a lifelong professional career, in line with Amey’s values as an employer,” he said.

“As chairman of ICE West Midlands, I have set myself the challenge of getting more young people into civil engineering, not those who have already chosen it as a career but those school leavers who have the ability and are unsure what they want to do with it.

“We are great at recruiting graduates into our sector but I think it is important to emphasise that university is not the only route into our profession. This is the first time that local businesses, education providers and regional agencies have joined together with the Institution to improve recruitment into civil engineering. If it works we hope to expand it to include more businesses next year.”

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