Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Tire education


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

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.