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Balmforth invites applications from President’s apprentice candidates

Incoming ICE President David Balmforth has called for applications to the ICE President’s Apprentice Scheme 2014.

Applicants must submit their CV and an essay of no more than 500 words on “Why I want to be a President’s apprentice and what difference I think I might make”.

Balmforth will take over as President in November and has chosen “Civil engineering: fit for the future” as his Presidential theme.

This will involve examining civil engineering in tomorrow’s world, reflecting on the vision and tenacity of the early Victorian civil engineers and looking ahead to the global mega-trends that will test our already fragile society and its supporting infrastructure.

The focus will be on ways in which the ICE and civil engineers must change so they can be ready and able to meet these challenges.

The scheme is open to ICE technician members and graduate members working towards professional qualification.

Balmforth said he was particularly looking for “enthusiastic, articulate, convincing and knowledgeable individuals, who are confident to challenge the status quo”.

Successful apprentices will work alongside him between November 2014 and November 2015 and will work together on
a specific project that will help take the civil engineering profession forward.

Apprentices will also meet senior industry figures, politicians and other professionals who are shaping the world of the future, develop new skills and attend key Institution events.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to experience how the Institution is working to make a difference to the professional lives of civil engineers across the world,” said Balmforth. “As well as learning from the leaders of the profession, successful candidates will be able to make their own personal contributions to taking our great profession forward.”

  • Send applications to by 8 September. More details at

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