Kaeden awarded ICE Technician of the Year

An Engineering apprentice from Solihull College & University Centre has been recognised at the end of his apprenticeship with an ICE Technician Award for Technician of the Year.

Kaeden Bunting, 17, was honoured at the ICE West Midlands annual awards ceremony which were held virtually this year. He was nominated by his college assessor Josh Hobday for the award.

After school ended, Kaeden decided A-levels were not for him. Instead, he hoped to go straight into work so applied to the apprenticeship through the College soon after. He started in 2019 and has carried out his 2-year civil engineering apprenticeship at engineering firm Aecom.

Working in the rail industry, his role involves him visiting site and inspecting structures, writing reports and updating software. He comments: “I was always interested in construction and how things worked and were managed. My course tutors have been really supportive, if I have any questions, they are always willing to talk them through with me.”

ICE Technician Award winner Kaeden
Kaeden spent 4 days per week on the job and 1 day in college

Kaeden and his classmates have been learning about sustainability, CAD (Computer Aided Design), legislation and mathematical aspects of engineering on their diverse course. Kaeden has been impressed with the number of topics covered. He adds: “It doesn’t limit you to one area, and feels broad, you have the scope to go into a field you may not have anticipated.”

Kaeden was proud to receive the award and thanks his employer for being a supportive part of his journey. His line managers attended all of his apprenticeship meetings and Kaeden is appreciative of the guidance he has received from experts in the field at both his job and at college.

Find out more about the College’s Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies courses.