Graduates struggling to find permanent work now have somewhere to turn to for help following the roll out of a nationwide roadshow of workshops run by the ICE.
Workshops are being offered around the UK in May, and are open to any civil engineering student or graduate who has yet to find full time employment in civil engineering. Provided in conjunction with the ICE Benevolent Fund and recruitment consultant Chiumento Consulting, the workshops provide advice about how to secure a graduate job and get back onto the career ladder.
Speaking at the launch of the ICE Career Advice Workshop ICE vice president Bill Hewlett stressed the need to engage young graduates to ensure the industry is equipped to meet the challenges of the future.
“Put simply, the future of the profession is in our hands, and we must act to ensure the next generation of civil engineers is not lost to us,” said Hewlett.
Hewlitt put the onus on industry to play its part.
“Prior to the recession, skills at graduate and mid-career level were in short supply with companies vying for new entrants. This has changed dramatically, but we have seen this before and we know that a hiatus in graduate recruitment might look like sense in the short-term but that it certainly isn’t in the long-term.”
The ICE said in its Budget submission that long term pipeline of work announced in the recent National Infrastructure Plan (NIP2) had raised the industry’s profile. It expressed hope that this would encourage the supply chain to make strategic investments in the skills needed.
However it warned that progress on the plan must be monitored to give industry the confidence to invest in skills development programmes, particularly in areas where there are already identified gaps.
- More details of the Graduate Job Search Workshops can be found at www.ice.org.uk/qualification-careers/Graduate-careers-section/Graduate-Career-Workshops