Search Starts To Find Three Talented Civil Engineering Apprentices

Search Starts To Find Three Talented Civil Engineering Apprentices

  • Are you interested in civil engineering?
  • Are you leaving school or college this summer, or just looking for a new job?
  • Why not come and start earning £15,507 a year (plus expenses) as an apprentice trainee technician working with West Sussex Highways?

West Sussex Highways is looking to recruit three apprentice Civil Engineering Technicians, to teach them a wide range of skills ranging from road management and maintenance, from developing highway schemes to maintaining bridges and culverts.

James Strachan was 22 when he was taken on as an apprentice two years ago. He successfully completed the programme, got his Level 3 BTEC Construction and Built Environment diploma, and is today a Highways Steward for West Sussex County Council. James (24) said: “It was the best thing I ever did and I would recommend it to anyone 100 per cent. It has taught me how to do driving inspections on roads, walking inspections, presentation skills and many other things. We had quarterly reviews with our mentors to check how we were getting on. And at college I particularly enjoyed how we studied various feats of engineering around the world. I’m completing my studies next month, and it has been a great move for me.”

Matt Street was taken on seven years ago as an apprentice at West Sussex Highways. Today he earns his living as a Local Transport Improvements Officer. Matt said: “Whilst I had an interest in civil engineering I never knew exactly what path it would lead to. Managers and mentors at the County Council helped make that journey achievable and now seven years on I am achieving more than I could ever imagine. I would highly recommend this apprenticeship scheme.”

West Sussex Highways will fund a day release apprenticeship qualification with a training provider as part of the qualification. Each will have a mentor who works in Highways and Transport, to offer advice and practical help.

Civil Engineering Technician:

Qualifications – Apprentices will achieve a practical (or ‘competence’) qualification (exact content and provider to be determined):

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians (Institution of Civil Engineers)

Apprentices will also achieve a theory-based (or ‘knowledge’) qualification:

  • Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Constructing the Built Environment
  • BTEC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

To qualify for the scheme, you need:

  • At least 4 GCSEs (at Grade C or above) including English, maths and a science subject.

If you are interested, please visit the West Sussex County Council jobs website.

The closing date is Wednesday, August 9.