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ICE director general backs Government engineering ‘degree’ apprenticeships

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) director general Nick Baveystock has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to create Level 6 and Level 7 “degree” apprenticeships in engineering.

Cameron announced the plans during a trip to Lancashire yesterday. Under the scheme, apprentices will split their time between university study, while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.

Baveystock said: “Engineering is not just for those who go to university and these apprenticeships will allow more people to achieve professional status. The engineering sector is picking up speed and we need more people from all backgrounds to contribute to Britain’s success. These new engineering apprenticeships will help fulfil this ambition.”

Cameron said: “Degree apprenticeships will give people a great head start, combining a full degree with the real practical skills gained in work and the financial security of a regular pay packet. They will bring the world of business and the world of education closer together, and let us build the high-level technical skills needed for the jobs of the future. I want to see many more businesses and universities begin to offer them.”

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  • This doesn't sound new. We used to accept HND students direct entry into 2nd year and I discussed part time degrees with various possible mature candidates but it came to nothing because CE degree courses are VERY full time so that it would be impossible to speed it up further than 2 years part time for each year of full time with part time as 2days/week during term time. There was also the problem of grants but that has rather disappeared now.

    Even the two days/week would cause timetabling problems as students generally have about 25hrs/week timetabled and Wednesday afternoon which had been dedicated to sport became fair game before I retired. Full weeks would also be required for design projects and geology and survey camps but that shouldn't be a problem.

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