A transport apprentice has qualified as the youngest ever member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Eighteen-year-old apprentice Dominik McCormick, who works for engineering firm Aecom in its transport division in Birmingham, has become the youngest ever person to be awarded technician status (EngTech MICE) by the ICE.
McCormick, who is studying at Solihull College in the West Midlands, said: “I chose an apprenticeship to pursue my desired career as an engineer and to gain valuable work experience whilst still continuing to study.
“I am fortunate to have worked on a number of projects through to completion. I enjoy seeing my designs implemented in the real world and in use on a daily basis. My future plan is to continue my studies and become a chartered civil engineer.”
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) said that university was not for everybody, and McCormick, like many young people, had successfully taken the first step on the “earn as you learn” route to his chosen career.
It added that qualified engineering technicians, like McCormick and his colleagues, performed a vital role in the development of roads, railways, and energy, water and waste networks.
“I’d like to congratulate Dominik on his fantastic achievement,” said ICE director of membership recruitment Steve Feeley. “We are delighted to welcome young talented engineers and technicians qualifying with ICE, and I commend the commitment and dedication Dominik has shown to achieve this milestone early in his civil engineering career.
“Dominik has set out on the well-trodden path combining work and study, which has already led him to a professional qualification with ICE, and he can be rightly proud of what he has achieved. I wish him every success with his further studies and look forward to seeing his career progress.”
Solihull College apprenticeship coordinator and lecturer Steven Lintern added: “Dominik progressed through our level 3 apprenticeship here at Solihull College with drive and commitment, which is a testament to his personal ambition to be a chartered engineer.
“He has shown to others this apprenticeship pathway tangibly changes young people’s lives in many ways that the traditional university route often does not.”