Solihull College & University Centre civil engineering apprentices were put to the test recently as part of a review day with the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Apprentices from companies such as Arup, Aecom, Amec Foster Wheeler, RMD Kwikform, Mott McDonalds, Atkins and Capita all stepped up to the challenge. The mock reviews consisted of a 3 minute presentation on a project the students had taken part in, followed by 12 minutes of questioning by reviewers Julian De Voy and Ian Jenkinson who both have extensive knowledge of the engineering sector. Finally, the apprentices received feedback from both Julian and Ian on their presentation and the review as a whole.
If the review process wasn’t nerve-racking enough for the apprentices, they were watched by over 100 of their peers and employers as they answered their way through the tough questioning process.
The day aims to prepare the second year apprentices for the EngTech review they plan to undergo with ICE in July this year which will see them as recognised members of the ICE at engineering technician level.
Simon Hassan – MDO ICE West Midlands who was present on the day commented: “For the second year running and in a strong partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers, Solihull College hosted the EngTech mock review sessions.
“This gives students aiming to sit their EngTech review at the college and employers, a valuable insight into what experience is required for the EngTech Professional Review.”
The apprentices at Solihull College impressed whilst undergoing their mock review and were able to use the knowledge they have learnt whilst at Solihull College and in industry to support their answers.
Apprenticeship Co-ordinator at Solihull College, Steve Burns commented: “The apprentices were very brave as it’s not an easy process. The mock reviews give an insight into what the ICE requires but a very well done to all of the apprentices.”
After their excellent insight into the review process many of the apprentices at Solihull College plan to submit their application to be part of the professional reviews and become members of the ICE and progress within the industry.