Telford & Wrekin Council first Local Authority in UK to partner with Institute of Highway Engineers for professional development

The latest group of five apprentices have taken their first steps into a career in engineering with Telford & Wrekin council as part of a five-year course.

The apprentices range in age from 18 to 31 and will complete a comprehensive programme and achieve a BEng (Hons) in civil and transportation engineering while securing incorporated engineer status.

Telford & Wrekin Council is the first Local Authority to become a Professional Development Partner with the Institute of Highway Engineers, the new recruits will complement this partnership.

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood, Commercial Services and Regeneration, Councillor Lee Carter said: “We’re delighted to welcome the apprentices to the council and working with them over the next five years to become professionally qualified engineers. 

Alongside the academic programme, apprentices will have the opportunity to work together with various teams across the highways, engineering and transport teams over a five-year period. 

This will give provide apprentices with a solid foundation to build their careers upon and provide experience including highways, geotechnical, drainage, and structural engineering to name a few. 

This opportunity highlights the council’s commitment to providing high quality training programmes and employment opportunities locally. 

Apprentice Victoria Burton from Telford said: “The course seems to offer the most diversity in terms of subject areas and it’s right on my doorstep too which is ideal. I can explore lots of areas of engineering before I chose which area to specialise in. 

“I’m particularity interested in geotechnical engineering so the opportunity to work in the Ironbridge Gorge and understand the natural environment beneath the ground is a great opportunity.”

This is the first set of apprenticeships, set to be part of a rolling programme of apprenticeships, visit www. where future opportunities will be announced. 

Pictured left to right; Jasjit Cheema, Vicky Burton, Lewis Hill and Theo Hulse.