Students can study for an honours degree in civil engineering, while working as a civil engineering apprentice for a company.
Inverness College UHI will offer a Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in Civil Engineering Level 8 at Level 10 (Hons Degree) and Level 8 (Diploma in Higher Education) from September 2018.
It means the University of the Highlands and Islands now provides a seamless work-based learning pathway in Civil Engineering right through from the senior phase of school to honours degree.
In partnership with CITB, the university was the first in Scotland to develop and pilot a GA and Inverness College UHI is now working with its third cohort of GA civil engineering apprentices (Level 8). Its first graduates are due to complete their studies in January.
The Level 10 will be offered for the first time from September 2018.
Carrie Higgins, Civil Engineering GA programme leader, said: “The University of the Highlands and Islands is very proud to be a pioneer in this type of apprenticeship and we are absolutely delighted to be able to extend our offering to provide a GA in Civil Engineering at Level 10, allowing apprentices to study right through to Honours Degree level. We have built up a very strong relationship with industry and work closely with employers so we know demand is there for this type and level of learning. It’s not only attractive to employers because it means they can provide training to an employee from the very start of their degree, it also means students can earn, learn on the job and study at the same time. It really is a win, win.”
Employers with apprentices on the current GA (Level 8) include Allen Gordon, Balfour Beatty, D MacKay & Son, Global, John Gunn and Sons, Highland Council, Moray Council, Morgan Sindall, Morrison Construction, Mott MacDonald, Pat Munro and Springfield.
Civil engineering technician Alvin Hunte (28) (right, pictured with Steven Robertson, divisional director of Mott MacDonald ) completed the GA at Level 8 in May. He works for Highland Council and is planning to return in September 2018 to continue his studies up to Level 10.
“The GA in Civil Engineering is ideal for anyone who wants to get into Civil Engineering, but feels they can’t afford to study full-time,” he said. “As an apprentice every minute at work is relevant to my course, and every minute at university is relevant to my work. I’m really looking forward to studying again.”
Inverness College UHI currently provides training and education 79 civil engineering apprentices.
Employers interested in finding our more about our Graduate Apprenticeship and to get involved are urged to contact programme leader Carrie Higgins. Email Carrie.Higgins.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01463 273 593.