Year of the Engineer: Apprenticeships!

Ellena Tangi

February 5, 2018

The Year of the Engineer campaign hopes to show just how exciting and rewarding a career in engineering can be. The aim is to change people’s opinions about the industry to inspire the next generation of inventors and innovators by showing them what engineers actually do.

The timing of the year reflects many breakthrough moments that will happen throughout 2018, including the first passenger journeys made on the Elizabeth Line, arguably one of the most monumental engineering projects the UK has seen in recent times. This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Civil Engineers who are celebrating all year round with events, blogs and project showcases.

Throughout the year, organisations, schools and engineers alike will be showcasing the world of engineering. The industry itself is one of the most productive in the UK’s economy. Engineers and technicians are amongst the most in-demand jobs in the world.  In the UK alone, over 2.65 million engineering jobs need filling by 2024; this means we need an additional 20,000 graduates and 25,000 apprentices per year to meet the high demand.

Engineers are often paid a great wage, and an engineering apprentice earns significantly more than the national apprentice minimum wage.  The average starting salary for engineering graduates is around 10% higher than a regular graduate starting salary.

So if getting paid well isn’t enough, how about getting paid well to do a job you love whilst being able to travel the world?  Having experience in the engineering industry is valuable wherever you are on the planet, meaning that you’ll be guaranteed a job from the UK to Australia! If you’re a young person that is socially diligent, creative and keen to make a difference then it sounds like a career in engineering is for you as these particular attributes are in high-demand. Additionally, the industry is becoming a much more diverse place to work, groups such as Equal Engineers and the Women in Engineering Society pave the way for industry professionals to follow suit and promote an inclusive working environment with equal opportunities and treatment for all.

At CarmichaelUK we understand the importance of guidance and opportunity when it comes to young people, and often have internal and external apprenticeship opportunities available. Major national contractors are seeking apprentices for all types of roles, from professional and technical positions like a Civil Engineer to those in trades & labour positions like Groundworkers. So if an apprenticeship sounds like a good fit for you, click here to visit our apprenticeships page to find out more.