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ICE launches ‘comeback’ scheme to help civil engineers return after taking a career break

The ICE has launched a Civils Comeback scheme, aimed to help qualified civil engineers who have taken a career break get back into the industry.

Working together with civil engineering companies and clients, ICE Recruit and the ICE Benevolent Fund, the programme provides a package of support and training to enable professionals to come back to the industry following time off to raise or care for family members, experiment with a different career, take a break for health reasons, or following redundancy.

ICE has partnered with several companies to offer paid ‘returnship’ work placements that guide individuals back into the profession, providing refresher training and support to help bridge any gaps in technical skills.

Work placement roles will be advertised on ICE Recruit at, offering work on assignments based on skill, experience and interests.

ICE members also have the expert support team of ICE’s Benevolent Fund to help with rebuilding confidence and learning new skills. Coaching sessions with a personal career advisor will guide people through the process, covering how to identify transferable skills, evaluating job options, developing a strong CV, creating a personal ‘marketing plan’ and improving interview technique.

Companies interested in providing ‘returnship’ placements for individuals looking to get back into the industry should contact:

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