As an eighteen year old wanting to pursue a career in civil engineering, I have found it increasingly difficult to find a college or university offering the relevant accredited course in the North East.
After successfully completing my ONC in Civil Engineering Studies at Hartlepool College of Further Education, I looked ahead to complete my HNC.
After researching the matter I discovered that to complete a part time degree course, I needed an HNC which is accredited by the ICE. After contacting the ICE for advice, I was given a list of colleges and universities in the area which were accredited.
Realising that most of the colleges and universities were not running the course this year, I found the closest university offering a part time HNC in Civil Engineering Studies which was accredited by the ICE was Sheffield Hallam University, which is approximately 110 miles away.
Also, with the timetable being one day a week from 9am until 9pm, this would mean travelling from 6am on a morning and not returning home until midnight!
I feel that the colleges and universities in the area should be welcoming prospective students. Instead they are pushing civil engineering out of the North East and making it increasingly difficult to advance.
With more people retiring out of civil engineering than those coming into it, and it being more difficult to study, I will one day find it to my advantage when there is a demand for civil engineers in the industry.
Michelle McKelvie, civil technical apprentice, Wests Engineering Design, Equinox House, North Faverdale Industrial Estate, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 0PN