Inspiring future Civil Engineers

Do you know what it takes to become a Civil Engineer? We’ve been helping a group of STEM students from Elliot Hudson College in south Leeds to answer this question, and hopefully inspiring some future engineers too.

We recently supported Elliot Hudson College with their Destinations Week, exploring civil engineering career pathways with a group of Year 12 students, and talking about Degree Apprenticeships as a route into the profession.

JBA’s Emily Turpin, Adam Noble, Hassan Rauf and Sam Conlon created a video to share with the students including their own experiences of training to be Civil Engineers. They described a range of projects they have worked on including Bentley Ings Pumping station and South Ferriby Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The video explored the wide range of skills you develop as a Civil Engineer, applying science to the real world. From the technical skills you need like problem solving and analysing, to creating safe and low carbon solutions. Civil engineers also develop management skills while working in a project environment – including communication, organisation and leadership.

There was a Question and Answer session after the video:

The students came up with some excellent questions and we hope they consider Civil Engineering as a future career,            said Emily Turpin.

Ben Gornall, Physics teacher at Elliot Hudson College told us afterwards:

I’d like to say a massive thank you to you and your team for creating the video. The students said how informative they thought it was, which has helped them massively with their career ambitions. The Q&A sessions were an excellent opportunity for the students to ask questions about the degree apprenticeship scheme.

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

Degree Apprenticeships are a fantastic alternative to a traditional, campus-based programme, while still achieving a degree.

Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeships enable you to work on your academic and professional qualifications in parallel, accruing a body of project experience while completing academic modules. You’ll learn from working with your engineering colleagues and gain hands-on experience in a project environment.

In engineering, no two days are the same and time management skills are essential for a Degree Apprenticeship – especially when work deadlines and university deadlines happen at the same time. One of the benefits of choosing a Degree Apprenticeship is that you can earn while you learn, and there are sources of funding to support apprenticeships.

Want to know more?

Check out our Careers webpages for our latest Degree Apprenticeship vacancies.

Email Jennifer Dewhirst for more information about Degree Apprenticeships with JBA Consulting.

Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeships with JBA can be done in partnership with Leeds Beckett University, The School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing.

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