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Jowitt’s apprentices to mastermind international development toolkit

Twelve apprentices have been picked to work with incoming ICE president Paul Jowitt.

This year’s apprentice scheme will focus on providing the young engineers with invaluable experience of the role civil engineers play in international development.

Unlike other years, when most apprentices have been UK-based and generally UK nationals, this year four of the apprentices live in ICE international regions and eight of them are not UK nationals. This mix of nationalities and experience was considered essential in achieving a broad mix of working environments and local infrastructure across the team.

The apprentices will be working closely with specialist tutors to develop a toolkit for engineers called An engineering project delivery plan for international development and the UN MDGs.

Jowitt said that broadening the apprentices programme to focus more on international development highlights one of the themes of his presidency.

“Resolving the problems facing global society in future all rely on civil engineers.”

Paul Jowitt, ICE

“Resolving the problems facing global society in future all rely on civil engineers − to provide innovative solutions, adapt and build new infrastructure and to plan and design for a changing environment.

“Society can’t function without infrastructure, it is fundamental to solving these issues.

“Therefore it is crucial that we instil the right kind of thinking into today’s engineers.

“They are the ones who will have to come up with and implement these solutions.”

Vital contribution

The toolkit will outline how the development and adaptation of infrastructure can make a vital contribution to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals, addressing issues of public health, poverty and climate change.

The apprentices will be visiting construction sites in South Africa and completing training workshops taught by industry specialists. They will also see how senior and influential figures in the industry operate.

“The apprentices will be visiting international infrastructure sites in South Africa and getting first-hand experience of how senior and influential figures in the industry operate.

  • An engineering project delivery plan for international development and the UN MDGs will be launched in October 2010.

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