CIVILS GRADUATES keen for a hands-on insight into how heads of industry and professional institutions operate are now being offered exactly that chance.
ncoming ICE president Gordon Masterton is offering four graduates the chance to spend three days with the presidential team, discovering what makes heads of industry tick.
The team is made up of the ICE's most senior officials and includes current and future presidents. It takes a lead role in setting the ICE's agenda and communicating it to the membership at large.
The 'president's apprentice' will also have the invaluable opportunity to be mentored by Masterton, who is also managing director of consultant Jacobs Babtie and has a wealth of experience in the design and construction of major civils projects around the world.
'The pressures of work mean it can be diffi ult for senior engineers to fi d the time to mentor graduates. So I thought I'd lead by example and take on an apprentice - just like the Brunels did in their day, ' said Masterton. 'Graduates can be involved in anything from taking a place on ICE Council to dealing with the press.' The graduates can come from home or abroad and could take part in one of Masterton's international trips.
We're looking for an apprentice with the imagination to make the most of this opportunity. But it's also a sneaky way for me to understand what is really motivating graduates, ' said Masterton.
He is keen to stress that the role will not be about graduates shadowing his movements - 'it's going to be very hands on, ' he said.
Graduates must submit a 500 word account of why they want to take part - essentially justifying why members' subscriptions should be used to fund their apprenticeship.
Visit the ICE website for full details of how to apply.
Closing date for applications is 30 September.