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TOP MARKS: The University of the Highlands and Islands’ full-time BEng (Hons) and graduate apprenticeship in civil engineering have been accredited by the industry’s professional bodies.


By Andrew Dixon

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Inverness College UHI graduate apprentice.
Inverness College UHI graduate apprentice.

The University of the Highlands and Islands’ full-time BEng (Hons) and graduate apprenticeship in civil engineering have been accredited by the industry’s professional bodies.

The joint board of moderators comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council, has recognised the courses as satisfying the educational base for an incorporated engineer.

Civil engineering employers can also access fully funded training to upskill or reskill an existing employee or take on a new recruit through the graduate apprenticeship route.

Carrie Higgins, programme leader for civil engineering and head of school for construction and the built environment at the college, said: “This is great news for our full-time students and our apprentices, who will graduate from a programme with the educational base for professional accreditation, something which we know is sought-after by employers.

“The construction sector is really starting to boom again, and civil engineers will always be in demand, so it’s a great career path for young people.”

Steven Robertson, of Mott MacDonald, said: “Congratulations to Carrie and the team for achieving this accreditation. Inverness College UHI continues to be the key route for new people entering the construction industry in the Highlands and Islands.

“The graduate apprenticeship route provides us, as employers, with more choice and increases diversity which is really appreciated and makes a difference.”

The graduate apprenticeship is fully funded by Skills Development Scotland, which means there’s no training fee for employers or the employee.

Civil engineering apprentices combine paid work and learning, which means the work the employee does counts towards their qualifications. They will experience formal learning through a combination of remote learning and block weeks on campus.

For more information on what is available, visit www.uhi.ac.uk

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