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Civil engineering course calls for new recruits

21 March 2019

​Islanders interested in or already working in civil engineering are being encouraged to apply for a part-time course that allows students to work in the industry while they study.

The Civil Engineering Higher Apprenticeship launched last year and has proved to be so popular that sixth-form students, graduates and young professionals working in civil engineering or construction have another chance to secure a place for this September.

And the Assistant Education Minister, Deputy Jeremy Maçon, is hoping that the opportunity will encourage more women to consider a career in this sector.

The course is run by Trackers, part of the Children, Young People, Education and Skills Department, in partnership with the Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers, London Southbank University and University College Jersey. Students will learn from industry professionals and gain practical experience in civil engineering. They will also receive support and mentoring from the Trackers team.

Trackers introduced the apprenticeship in response to the skills shortage in the construction and civil engineering industry. Research carried out by the Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers found that it had been difficult for local firms to recruit islanders with the desired skills.

The course is aimed at people already working in civil engineering and construction who would like to gain a professional qualification, as well as school leavers and students who wish to study whilst working at a local civil engineering and structural firm.

The Government of Jersey will cover up to 75% of the cost of the course, and employers will cover the remaining amount.

Deputy Maçon said: “It’s great to see Government and industry working together to support and develop local people. This is the type of partnership that our islanders expects to see.

“This is opportunity calling, especially for female candidates who are under-represented in this industry. To earn whilst gaining a qualification, which will open doors in the future, should be grabbed. Don’t be shy; put yourself forward.”

Those who successfully complete the course will earn a Higher National Certificate in civil engineering and will have the opportunity to progress to a Civil Engineering degree.

Course lecturer and senior civil engineer Richard Sutton said that the course benefitted the island as well as students.

“A survey showed an extensive need for civil engineering staff,” he said. “If a solution could not be found locally then off-island sources would need to be used and this does not benefit local students.

“It has taken several years to organise the course, but it meets all of the industry requirements and enables locals to pursue these types of careers without having to leave the island. There are so many benefits to industry, the student and to the companies involved. It is something that I hope will continue and be well supported. “

An information evening will be held on Tuesday 26 March from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Skills Jersey, Bermuda House, Green Street, for anyone wishing to find out more.

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