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Help a friend back into engineering


The ICE is calling on practising engineers and construction professionals to help former colleagues make their way back into engineering.

The professional body has been working across the civil engineering sector as part of its Civils Comeback scheme to encourage more companies to get involved and offer opportunities across a variety of different sectors.

The ICE said that by working with industry partner Amey, it had developed 12-week internships for those qualified engineers who had taken a career break and wanted to return to a professional career in engineering. The company is now interested in hearing from those who have been on a career break for two or more years and have previously worked as an engineer, particularly women who have taken time off to raise children.

The ICE said that Amey would work with candidates to support their transition back into engineering by providing a full induction on commencement, access to a mentor, providing career training sessions and one-to-one support throughout the 12-week programme.

The deadline for the paid internships is 29 April 2016.

“It will come as no surprise to hear that we need more engineers in both our offices and on site. Industry cannot rely only on new graduates and apprentices to fill the gap; we will also need qualified engineers who have left the industry – as well as those who have the skills, experience and qualifications to pick up where they left off,” commented ICE director of membership Seán Harris.

“Returning to work after a career break can be daunting, so we have designed internships to help make up for lost time, as well as guiding individuals back into a professional working environment. To assist our former colleagues return to engineering, the internships will help build confidence and smooth their transition back into engineering teams.”

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